News from the Women’s Center:  Events Launch the New Semester

The residents and executive board members of the Women's Center arrived a week before the start of classes to plan this semester. The result was three weeks worth of orientation and launch related events and a semester-long agenda of programming. The Women’s Center is pleased to announce a new overall approach to our events and programs, as well as some of the things we have planned already.

On Tuesday, August 23rd, the Women’s Center opened its doors to freshmen during a campus-wide open house for special interest housing. A large number of men and women from the class of 2015 attended and got to know the executive board over tex-mex themed snacks. We met again with this new class for the first Choices 101, where we officially unveiled "It's Your Call," a 24 hour peer crisis response program. 

On Friday, September 9th, we once again welcomed a crowd for our official launch reception for faculty and professors.

One of the most exciting things we have planned is a Conference on Relationship and Sexuality, where we have confirmed Andrea Gibson for our culminating event. She is a slam poet (winner of the 2008 Women’s World Poetry Slam) and activist who focuses on issues of gender, sexuality, and class. In addition to a performance (November 3, 2011), Andrea will also be hosting a workshop (November 4, 2011) for students to tackle these issues one-on-one through the outlet of creative writing.

This week also signals the start of our Wednesday night book club with University Health Services. We have a full group of 24 women who will meet every week to discuss the book, Unhooked: How Young Women Pursue Sex, Delay Love, and Lose at Both. Friends of the Women's Center and Fire Side Chats, a casual, open discussion group of female and male students, will being this Sunday. 

On September 21, we will hold our first Dorm Outreach program at McCrady Hall. We are pleased to offer discussion based talks for dorms, Greek chapters, and other organizations on campus.

Pinnacle Luncheons, a series of casual lectures on a variety of themes followed by a questions and answers session, begin on September 28 at noon. 

Look out for emails about upcoming events, and as always, contact us at with any questions, suggestions, or requests! 

Mark your Calendar:
Conference on Relationships and Sexuality October 31 - November 4
Conference on Women February 13 - 17