At the Women’s Center, we create an inclusive, safe environment for women, gender-queer, and gender-fluid individuals where you can feel supported, challenged, encouraged, and connected. We help unite people interested in feminist theory and activism for social justice on campus. We are open to all students, staff, and faculty who want to think and learn about the ways that gender intersects and impacts our lives. Here at the Women's Center, we play an integral role in the university’s commitment to its mission and diversity statements, including its pledge to promote a sense of community and achieve an environment in which personal dignity and respect for every individual are recognized by all.
What does the Women's Center offer?
- Our office serves as a physical, safe place for individuals, groups, organizations, and classes.
- We offer educational programming about women, gender, and sexuality.
- We explore how gender impacts the lives of all members of the Wright State community.
- We offer individual services and group advocacy.
- We provide resources and connections to answer academic, professional, and personal questions.
- We engage in outreach activities and partnerships on campus and in the community.
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The Women’s Center transforms our community by advocating for equity, eliminating gender-based barriers, and providing diverse educational opportunities that are intersectional and for the benefit of all.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does the Women's Center do?
There are four main facets of the Women's Center:
- Community Space—Our office is a safe, fun place for women and men to meet friends, use computers or the resource library, study, get involved in a student organization, and generally be themselves.
- Programs and Events—It is vital to our mission that we provide numerous educational programs about health, wellness, feminism, activism, and other political and economic issues. See our Calendar of Events for a complete listing.
- Resources and Information—We have a resource library, pamphlets about local organizations and issues, a wide range of health information, and the ability to refer you to campus and community organizations that can help you and answer your questions if we can't.
- Institutional and Individual Advocacy—The center is a place of support for survivors of rape, dating/domestic violence, stalking, harassment, and hate crimes. We actively work for an improved campus climate by recommending better policies, procedures, and practices.
Why does Wright State need a Women's Center?
The need for resources and support for women at Wright State and in the surrounding area is well documented in letters to the administration prior to the center's establishment in February 1993. A 1993 report by the task force on the status of women in the academy at Wright State addressed the need for improvements in campus climate and equitable treatment and access.
Do other campuses have women's centers too?
Definitely! There are hundreds of centers across the nation. Women's centers began to appear in the 1970s as an outgrowth of women's movement and have been a hub for activism and social change ever since. Many of these centers were founded by students. Today, students and their activism are still the most vital components of the success of women's centers.
Is the center for women only?
Absolutely not! The Women's Center encourages everyone to utilize its resources and attend programs. We are called the Women's Center because of our mission to promote the improvement of women's, gender-queer, and gender-fluid individual's opportunities and access, a mission that men are invited to actively advocate and support.
What's the difference between the Women's Center and the women, gender, and sexuality program?
The Women's Center and the women, gender, and sexuality program are distinct campus units. The women, gender, and sexuality program is part of an academic department that provides classes, advising, and programs for students pursuing undergraduate or graduate options in women, gender, and sexuality. The Women's Center is focused on improving the general campus climate, supporting the diverse personal and professional needs for women, gender-queer, and gender-fluid students, faculty, and staff, and educate the campus about women's and gender issues. While the Women's Center and the women, gender, and sexuality program fulfill different roles on campus, they share interests in exploring gender and women's issues and often work together to provide programs.
How is the Women's Center connected with the other centers and programs on campus?
The Women's Center works cooperatively with the other identify and cultural centers on campus to produce interconnected programming, a calendar, and other shared projects to emphasize the relationships between gender, race, and ethnicity. Independently and cooperatively, we seek to better serve the diverse women and men of Wright State. We also share infromation and refer students, staff, and faculty to other units concerned with diversity issues like the Office of Equity and Inclusion, the Veteran and Military Center, the Office of Disability Services, and the women, gender, and sexuality studies and African and African American studies programs.
How can I become involved in the work of Women's Center?
There are plenty of opportunities! Attend one of our events. Educate yourself about women's issues. Email or call us and offer your suggestions for projects and events. Volunteer your time at the center. Join Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance (FMLA), an active student organization. Donate an item on our wish list. Speak up in the classroom, cafeteria, and all other areas of campus against comments that hurt women. Treat others with respect. And, most importantly, visit us!
Wright State established the Women's Center in 1993 after two years of research on the status of women at the university. The center was designed to put into action the university's commitment to creating an environment where women experience equitable opportunities. In 2014, the center revised and broadened its mission to reflect its evolving focus on gender and LGBTQA+ concerns.