The resource directory is here to serve as an overview of women's, gender, and sexuality programs, departments, and organizations on Minnesota campuses to facilitate communication between campuses. Browse through the list to see what types of servces other campuses provide, as well as your own.
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Minnesota Family Planning Program
Family planning office visits and education
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No. There is no cost to you for these services if you qualify.
Anne Pederson Women’s Resource Center
2211 Riverside Avenue South
Sverdrup Hall 207
Minneapolis, MN 55454
The Anne Pederson Women's Resource Center offers women a quiet retreat on campus. The Center is located on the second floor of Sverdrup Hall in room 207. During their busy days, women can mingle with others or simply get away. The Center hosts teas for women to share their experiences and engage in lively and interesting conversation. There are also opportunities for massages, meditation, and relaxation. The Anne Pederson Women's Resource Center hopes women will find fun, meditation, and relaxation among other women, and also respite from the stresses of daily life.
Augburg's Women's Studies Program offers courses in Women's Studies as well as cross-listed courses in other disciplines. We combine theoretical, practical, and research components that focus not only on gender, but also on race, class, sexual identity, and other categories that are crucial aspects of women's experiences. We have both a major and a minor.
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The Augsburg Student Feminist Collective works to provide a safe and respectful space for the discussion of feminist, gender, and GLBT issues, as well as engage students in feminist activism on campus.
Queer and Straight in Unity strives to provide support and counseling for the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender and questioning (GLBTQ) community at Augsburg along with those other members who are allies; to promote general public awareness about GLBTQ issues and concerns; to act as a general information network for the Augsburg Community at large; to promote acceptance and respect for all Augsburg Community members regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, religious belief, or sex; and to promote collaboration between campus organizations.
MPIRG strives to engage the students of Augsburg College in social justice and political advocacy.
Students For Racial Justice:
Joanne K. Reeck-Irby
Campus Activities and Orientation
Students for Racial Justice aims to educate, raise awareness about, and take action against racism within our community at Augsburg College.
The women's and gender studies program provides an interdisciplinary meeting ground for exploring questions about women and gender that are transforming knowledge across disciplinary lines in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. Its goal is to include gender, along with class, sexual orientation, and race, as a central category of social and cultural analysis.
Located in the basement of Scoville, The Gender and Sexuality Center offers resources and support for women's, men's and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues. The GSC offers a comfortable space on campus where students can drop by anytime to browse through the library, read a magazine, chat with the staff or have a cup of tea. The GSC is staffed weekdays from 9am to 5pm.
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The Accidentals are a female a-cappella group from Carleton College in Northfield, MN, who thrive on their mutual love of song and sisterhood. And chocolate bunnies. Years after our 1991 founding, we still adhere to the mission of our founders and continue to explore the beauty and mystery of cheesy 80's music. We also try to include in our repertoire songs that speak to what it means to be a woman and to be a human being. But most of all, we try to have fun with our music and hope our audiences do the same.
CAASHA is a group of students dedicated to supporting and empowering Carleton students affected by—or with questions about—sexual harassment or assault.
We are trained to:
-Provide non-judgmental listening and support
-Help students understand and navigate the sexual misconduct complaint process at Carleton
-Offer information about additional resources both on and off campus
-CIAO is Carleton College's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and allied social support and discussion group for students. CIAO consists of biweekly meetings (Tuesdays, 8pm, in the Gender and Sexuality Center) which involve discussion of relevant topics, support check-ins, and whatever else students feel like doing. Social events such as movies, trips to the Twin Cities, and other social gatherings take place as well.
-CIAO functions with support from the Gender and Sexuality Center.
-Queers & Allies House holds movie nights at 8pm on the non-CIAO weeks.
-CIAO also works in conjunction with Sexuality and Gender Activism (SaGA) to sponsor events such as Coming Out Week, the Drag Ball, and Pride Month.
Coalition of Women of Color Coalition (commonly known as COWOC) is a multicultural organization dedicated to creating a safe space for Women of Color. We collaborate with other campus and community groups in order to organize gatherings, forums, performances and events.
The goal of the organization is to create unity, identity, and a sense of belonging for women of all color on campus. It is a safe haven and a place to learn about oneself and others culture and to promote equality and a positive self-image. We strive to educate and empower the women on campus by honoring our unique experiences and celebrating our cultural ties. We welcome anyone with an open mind and willing to be a part of something special.
CWI is a discussion and support group for women on campus exploring issues from a female perspective. Part discussion group, part check-in, the group meets Thursdays at 8:00pm in WA (Berg) House and provides a safe space for women to talk about issues that matter to them. All genders are welcome to the discussion; the check-in is for self-identified women.
This collaborative, student-facilitated, no-credit class seeks to engage participants in reading and discussions on female sexual health and sexuality. Adapted from a course created at University of California at Berkeley, *FemSex* explores topics such as history and culture of female sexuality, sexual anatomy, body image, pleasure, effects of power and privilege on female sexuality, reproductive health, and the intersections of race, class, sex, and gender. Expect creative homework assignments, sweet field trips, speakers, and discussions. FemSex is offered annually Spring Term.
Happy Bodies hosts weekly discussions that seek to create a safe and positive environment to talk about bodies. Our topics range from health and positivity, to discrimination, sexual violence, and power. Happy Bodies seeks to empower Carleton students by holding discussions that seek to break down stigmas we hold about our bodies; encouraging confidence in our bodies and empowering us with knowledge to provide others with the opportunity to feel the same.
Men Talking About Masculinity
Contact: Isaac Werner
Men Talking About Masculinity is a discussion group for self-identified male students, faculty, and staff to discuss masculinity.The group meets several times per term, usually during common time.
Out After Carleton (OAC) exists to mobilize LGBT and allied alumni and friends of the College as a community to support the College's overall educational, admission, careers, and fundraising programs and objectives, especially as they relate to and affect LGBT students, alumni, faculty, staff, and allied friends of the College
The RJC exists to increase awareness and activism within Carleton and its community in regards to reproductive rights, abortion, and pro-choice issues. We serve as an educational resource for issues pertaining to reproductive rights as well as an advocate for them. The RJC provides a forum in which Carleton students, faculty, and staff can actively support reproductive rights, including the right to choose.
SaGA is Carleton's LGBTQA activism group. We address issues such as civil rights, legislation, human rights in the U.S. and abroad, college policy and campus awareness around issues of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer interest.
WomenCircle is a supportive group of college women and middle school girls that is centered on the needs and issues concerning women. Past activities have included creating skits, making journals, baking cookies, watching movies, art exhibits, pottery throwing, and scavenger hunts. Meetings are held one afternoon a week, with a planning meeting for leaders once a week. By application. Please contact one of the program directors for more information.
Women in Economics
Contact: Erin N. Gudul
Women in Economics increases the involvement of women in the field of economics. We host alumni panels and group discussions to encourage women to get involved.
Women in Math & Sciences (WhIMS)
Contact: Hilary Rosenheim
WhIMS exists as an internal support network and an external outreach program for women interested in math and science. A major goal is to provide Carleton women with new opportunites, information and encouragement in their pursuit of math and science-related careers. We do so by offering conference attendance opportunites, trips to the Twin Cities science venues and regular meetings with female math and science faculty. As an outreach program, WhIMS works with organizations such as the Girl Scouts to plan math and science activity days designed to expose a younger group to the possibilities of math and science.
Women in Political Science (WIPS)
Contact: Norma Nyhoff
Women in Political Science seeks to build a community for women interested in the political science and/or international relations fields on the Carleton Campus. In addition to regular social and career networking activities held every term, we also shall host forums and create opportunities for building relationships with professors.
Director: Carrie Vandelac
37 South College Avenue
Saint Joseph, MN 56321
The Institute's mission is to empower women to become local and global leaders by engagingin inclusive dialogue, reflective thinking, and values-based leadership that celebrates and recognizes women as shapers of our world. The Sister Nancy Hynes Institute for Women’s Leadership seeks to provide a forum where women in this community of learners can explore and articulate their personal and professional aspirations to lead and transform communities in ways that allow all to reach their fullest potential.
The Gender and Women’s Studies Program offers an interdisciplinary course of study that examines gender and sexuality from social, cultural, and biological perspectives. The program is founded on close collaboration between academic departments, enabling students and faculty to utilize the perspectives and methodologies of gender and women’s studies across traditional disciplines.
Concordia College, Moorhead
Concordia's Women's Studies program is an interdisciplinary minor that places the lives and experiences of women at the center of inquiry. In our courses, students analyze the roles and perspectives of women, as well as their contributions to the scholarly, artistic, political, social, and religious worlds. Women's studies courses incorporate theory and research from different disciplines that examine the degree to which gender is a social construct.
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Lambda Delta Sigma is the only female Greek philanthropic society at Concordia. Our motto is "Enter to Learn, Depart to Serve" because our goal is to create strong women who are dedicated to serving their community. The Ladies of Lambda Delta Sigma meet every week, in addition to service projects and socials with the tri-college Greek community. Our rush and recruitment weeks take place in the fall. As members of Lambda Delta Sigma, we take pride in our rich history at Concordia and work hard to carry on the traditions of our over 90-year-old society.
The Straight and Gay Alliance gives you a chance to meet other students and discuss GLBT issues along with planning events that happen throughout the year to raise awareness. Past SAGA events have included the love is love t-shirt fundraiser, discussion panel, attending both the The Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference and the North Dakota GLBTQA Conference, and hosting Gay Prom. We meet once a week for about an hour. Most weeks do not require more time commitment than that. There are plenty of leadership positions within the organization (President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Events Coordinator). We take care of event planning in the first portion of the meeting and we usually end with a topic of discussion that is rarely covered in the classroom. We have a welcoming and friendly atmosphere! Come join us!
Dunwoody College of Technology
The Women’s Resource Center (WRC) is a place and environment for students, staff and faculty to learn, grow and be empowered. The WRC is a vehicle for women to gain access to resources and gain support. The WRC is equipped to provide referrals to community resources, concerns around health and social issues and beyond. Through weekly meetings, periodic workshops and other fun events, women are able to network with one another and gain knowledge. In addition to these activities, the WRC provides a space to study, relax, have group discussions and more. While focused on women, both women and men can benefit from the center.
The purpose of the women’s studies program at Hamline University is to provide students with tools and experience to guide them in understanding the situation of women nationally and globally. The program encourages development of cultural and political awareness, as well as confidence and ability to identify and challenge systems of oppression that limit the freedom and potential of all people.
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Contact: Steph Wilenchek
Spectrum is dedicated to creating an awareness for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues, Spectrum supports its members and educates the Hamline community.
The Women’s Resource Center (WRC), established in 1983, is a place for Hamline women and men to get together to work toward making the world a better place for everyone. The purpose of the WRC is to focus on non-partisan social and intellectual action and educational programming focused on the issues of women’s health, children and family, careers and internships, as well as to further education about current social topics relating to women. The WRC serves as a safe space and resource base to meet the needs of women on campus and to educate the university on the contributions of women to society. Past WRC activities include the celebration of Women’s History Month, topical “coffee talks” and other speakers, and book discussion groups. In addition, we offer free condoms, dental dams, lubes, and non-latex condoms to the Hamline student community. Also, check out the books in our lending library or just hang out!
In the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department (WGSS) at Macalester College, students investigate key questions raised within feminist and queer theories and the fields of women’s, transgender, bisexual, lesbian, and gay studies. We examine our core topics in contexts of interlocking systems of cultural and political difference based on race, nation, class, ethnicity, and ability, including comparative national and transnational perspectives.
The Gender & Sexuality Resource Center (GSRC) is an independently run, student-powered, exploratory space initiated by student organizations and supported by the Department of Multicultural Life and Campus Programs.
In creating the GSRC, we aim to create a stronger culture of resistance against all forms of oppression by making resources more accessible and by bringing people together through empowering, transformative, and revolutionary meetings, discussions, and events.
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Feminists in Action (FIA) / Students Together Against Rape and Sexual Assualt (STARSA)
FIA's mission is to promote awareness of gender equity as a human rather than woman issue and stop the process of women's issues from slipping through the cracks. We also seek to redefine the feminist movement for a contemporary society. STARSA's goals include increasing campus awareness of rape and sexual assault in the community and at Macalester, promoting action against sexual violence, and providing resources and support for students at Macalester. This organization also provides a forum for discussion on issues concerning sexual violence.
QU dedicates itself to the creation of safe spaces for queers and friends through a commitment to education, community building, personal support, and social change both on campus and in the broader community. QU welcomes all students, irrespective of identity.
Macs For Choice
Men Reclaiming Masculinity
Women in Economics (WIE)
WIE exists to create an arena for discussion on issues and challenges facing women majoring in economics. We provide support and guidance for female Macalester economics majors.
Women in Science and Math (WISM)
WISM organizes activities for women in and interested in the sciences and math. Our goal is to provide a variety of informative, supportive, and fun activities that allow women to explore these areas of interest such as information for graduate school and careers, youth outreach, field trips, film viewings and discussions.
Metropolitan State University
700 East Seventh Street
Saint Paul, MN 55106
Women's Services exists to provide programming, advocacy, support, outreach, information, and referrals that serve to educate and empower the women of Metropolitan State. Our services are available to women and men regardless of age, race, ethnicity, religion, disability status, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. We value all women and their varied identities and experiences, and we seek to create a university-wide climate that supports and advocates for the diverse needs of women.
This interdisciplinary program examines the role of gender across the spectrum of human experience. Students investigate the intersections of gender with other social categories such as race, class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, ability and disability, and age. Students study GLBT identities and communities; they also examine the struggles and celebrate the achievements of women across cultures and time. Finally, students explore opportunities for community-based learning and action.
Gender Services exisists to directly address these and any other concerns that are keeping women from being successful both academically and personally. While anything can be a women's issue, we recognize that there are certain issues that affect women disproportionately. These include (but are not limited to):
Body-image concerns and disordered eating
- Gender discrimination
Through advocacy, academic advising, and educational and social programs, the LGBTQA Support Services is designed to enhance the educational experience of all LGBTQ students and their allies at Metropolitan State. The office serves all members of the Metropolitan State community interested in gaining a better understanding the LGBTQA community.
Lavender Bridge endeavors to provide a safe, accepting environment for Metropolitan State students through mutual support, informational and social activities. Lavender Bridge sponsors a variety of cultural, social and educational events throughout the year, including the Ally Training workshops.
Minneapolis Community and Technical College
MCTC's Women's Studies Program will help you examine the world from the perspectives of ethnically diverse women and become an agent of positive change for women and their communities. The mission of Women’s Studies is to prepare students to think critically about the world from the point of view of women from the various ethnicities, sexualities, classes and cultures.
Rape and Sexual Abuse Center
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Contact: KateLynn Hibbard
PRIDE provides a safe space for all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender students and allies.
Sisters for Social Justice (and Brothers, too!)
Contact: Sharon Fodness
Phone: 612-659-6000 x4092
Sisters for Social Justice offers students an opportunity to exchange ideas and participate in issues which affect women.
Minnesota State University Moorhead
1104 7th Avenue South
Moorhead, MN 56563
The Women's Center seeks to empower women and fulfill its vision by promoting feminist activism and women's self-determination. The Women's Center educates the campus community and creates a space for students, faculty, and staff to socialize and share ideas in a respectful manner. The Women's Center advocates an understanding of the intersection of multiple forms of oppression and how they affect women's lives. The Women's Center envisions a University environment that works collaboratively to eliminate barriers, prejudice, and bigotry, and engender a supportive and empowering climate to all women.
The Women's Studies program strives to foster interdisciplinary academic inquiry and activist work related to women and gender from historical, social, artistic, and scientific perspectives. The core values of the program include tolerance, diversity, empowerment, gender equity, inclusiveness, and dedication to feminist ideals. Our goals are to understand gender, race, class, and sexual orientation, break down stereotypes and barriers, create a forum for women's issues, provide a community for feminist scholars and students, and to provide analysis, interpretation, reflection, and exploration into women's and gender issues.
The Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) is the place to be if you’re a college woman interested in a career in public policy. PLEN is unique: nowhere else in Washington, DC can students learn how Washington really works from a faculty comprised exclusively of women leaders who make and influence public policy every day. These women are members of Congress, major judicial figures, presidential advisors, senior government leaders, veteran nonprofit advocates and corporate lobbyists.
Saint Catherine University
The Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women’s Research, Resources, and Scholarship at St. Catherine University works to build a community of faculty and student scholars and activists working on issues of race, class, gender, and other differences; gather and share resources relating to these issues; and highlight the leadership and work of women at the University and in various communities for women’s justice and equality. Throughout its history, the Center has been a catalyst and supporter of many projects and programs that address women’s issues, from the building of a strong Women’s Studies program to a student-directed campaign to address the concerns of student parents. The Center’s commitment to open, honest dialogue about tough issues and a belief in the necessity of work for justice form the backbone of the work we do.
Devoted to the study of women, feminism, gender and politics, women’s studies is truly an interdisciplinary field at St. Kate’s. This major includes feminist theory, women’s history and social history, women’s fiction, women’s health, and the feminist and gender studies-influenced practice of humanities and social sciences.
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The St. Catherine University Asian Women’s Association represents the interests of Asian students on campus, educates and promotes awareness of Asian cultures, issues, and perspectives to the University community, and builds a supportive network for Asian students. AWA holds fundraisers, attends performances and lectures, hosts a dance on campus each year, participates in ICE Open Mic Night, and volunteers.
Hermanas provides a system of support for Latina students, brings greater awareness of issues concerning Latina students, and offers service to the broader Latina/o community of the Twin Cities.
KEO helps women change the world by envisioning, planning and building successful business ventures. KEO is a resource for and about women-owned business. The organization also provides opportunities for students to explore entrepreneurship as a career option and provides members with leadership opportunities in the business world.
PRIDE diminishes fears and dispels myths associated with homosexuality as a form of sexual orientation or identity by promoting knowledge, familiarity, and understanding of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues.
REAP offers support, advocacy, and fellowship to St. Kate’s REAP population. A REAP student is a woman who has postponed entering college or is returning to college in the day program. She may be seeking a first or subsequent degree, or attending college for the purpose of self-enrichment. A REAP student is approximately (but not exclusively) 23 years of age or older. REAP serves as a gateway for students to campus services, activities, organizations, and opportunities. Getting involved in REAP gives you a chance to connect with others who can identify with your past and present lives. REAP students get together for monthly lunches, off-campus outings, and sponsor on-campus events such as massage therapists, a white elephant sale, and REAP donut mornings.
SWAP provides a resource point and informal support for parents who are students. Members of the group learn about both University and community resources that can address their specific needs. SWAP meets regularly on Tuesdays over the noon hour to encourage social interaction and share resources. Each year SWAP is involved in the campus Trick-or-Treat event with RHA and hosts Family Night with SKAT.
Women Actively Voicing the Environment (WAVE)
WAVE increases environmental awareness among the campus community and encourages activities. Members learn about issues relating to our natural world and how to protect and participate in conservation efforts. WAVE has co-sponsored events with MPIRG and REAP, hosting a Peace Coffee talk and a White Elephant sale. Each year WAVE celebrates America Recycles Day by hosting various activities throughout the day.
Women of Color
Women of Color celebrates and fosters an appreciation of diversity through the creation of a safe and supportive environment. The group strives to educate themselves, the community, and sisters of all ages. In addition, Women of Color extend support and assist other groups as well as serve as positive role models to St. Kate's and the surrounding community. Women of Color have held a clothing drive for Juvenile Horizon, hosted a spoken word event, and held potlucks.
With passion and purpose to end sexist oppression, the Women's Center promotes a safe, inclusive and engaged community through advocacy, education, alliance-building and women's leadership. Our services are free and open to students, staff, faculty, and community members.
The Women's studies program helps both students and faculty to forge new and productive relations across the university and within the broader community. Our rigorous program teaches students to analyze gender, race, class, sexuality, ability, ethnicity, and nation as complex intersections of identity. The wide range of women's studies courses in departments throughout the university offer diverse feminist methodologies and modes of inquiry into the complex constructions of gender while maintaining the common thread of critical, intersectional analysis. Our core curriculum develops students' critical thinking and writing abilities and provides a solid foundation for their studies throughout the university. Women's studies students are exposed to hands-on learning and one-on-one mentoring and advising that helps them make proactive decisions about their education. The multidisciplinary nature of the courses prepares students to communicate across disciplines and to connect global issues with local ones--connections which are vital in this increasingly globalized world.
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Career Development Council (CDC) is a service organization that works alongside Career Services to prepare Saint Cloud State University students for their professional careers.
Guided by our executive officers and advisor, the CDC coordinates career events to prepare students to pursue career opportunities. Team members work with our adviser and the Career Services Center to plan career events and programs such as the annual dining etiquette dinner, speed networking, mock interviews and Diversity Job Fair. Planning these events gives our members tremendous leadership opportunities as well as helping hundreds of students position themselves for the professional world.
CDC meetings are on Wednesdays at 12 pm in CH 207.
GLBT Alliance meets on Thursday evenings in the Apocalypse Room in Atwood Memorial Center from 7-9pm. Each week we decide during Alliance where we go out to eat afterwards. Everyone is welcome to come out to eat and hang out, and transportation is provided.
GLBT Alliance is committed to providing a caring and supportive environment where all GLBTA persons can feel welcomed, share their experiences and support one another.
We welcome all to attend our meetings, and so we ask everyone to understand that we are all individuals and as such are at different levels of learning and sharing.
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
Founded in 1950, SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career. The name may be misleading to many of you. Even though its name suggests that this society is only for women engineers, that is not the case. Our chapter of SWE at SCSU allows men to be members as well. In fact interestingly enough, we have had almost equal number of male and female members at SWE for the past few years. A lot of men have found successful internships and jobs at regional and national job fairs; one of the reasons being the fact that they were few in number as compared to the women.
Students for Sexual Consent is a progressive and diverse group of students dedicated to ending sexual assault through education and activism. We work to create a campus culture of positive, safe, and healthy sexuality by emphasizing the importance of consent in every intimate encounter.
Meeting Time & Location
Women's Center Basement
New members are always welcome. Please feel free to join us.
Want to make a change in society? Need help getting the word out? Join Students Organized for Change.
We are looking for members of all academic focus and levels who want to change social problems and how they are viewed. We may not be able to change the world, but we can change how others view it.
Mission: To bring awareness to the social problems present in today's society; to encourage and to inspire people to help eliminate the problems.
Welcome to Today's Women. The purpose of this Organization is:
- To provide mentorship/guidance for young women
- To create a safe environment for young women
to express themselves
- To promote higher education for young women
- To build healthy relationships among women
- To promote cultural awareness
- To encourage young women to get involved with
volunteer services in their community
Today's Women is an Organization that provides mentorship and guidance for young women.We build healthy relationships among women and we also encourage young women to get involved with volunteer services in their community.
Today's Women has fundraised money to give scholarships for minority senior high-school students that are planning to attend college.
YOU don't have to be a female to join this group. We have so many male members that are supporting us. So please feel free to join this group and make a difference on the young kids.
This group consists of women united in a common ideology. We look to the work of the group in the past and try to bring its spirit of perseverance into the future.
We work to:
- Educate others about the changing roles of women in the world
- Create a support network conducive for women expressing their ideas
- Encourage prominent people to speak about and share their ideas
- Take actions on situations that stereotype, demean, or discriminate against women
- Address issues that impact how women view themselves
Saint Olaf College
Gender and Sexuality Center
Holland Hall 606B
1520 Saint Olaf Avenue
Northfield, MN 55057
The Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC) at St. Olaf College seeks to affirm the visibility of and advocates for women, queer, ally, and transgender individuals. Additionally the GSC provides an unconditionally safe and accepting place for individuals of all genders. The GSC educates the St. Olaf community on issues of gender and sexuality including feminism, queer, ally, and transgender political matters. Futhermore, the GSC increases dialogue on campus regarding gender and sexual orientation equality and diversity. The GSC also serves as a meeting space and resource center for all gender and sexuality student organizations.
Women's studies, an interdisciplinary program, focuses on the significance of gender in the formation of knowledge and human experience. Students explore the new scholarship about gender and gain an understanding of a variety of women's experiences across cultures and throughout history. Women's studies seeks to enrich our understanding of women's lives and to consider the conditions necessary to create a more equitable world.
Red Door Services
Contact: 612-543-5555 (main) or... 612-348-0004 (TTY)
Services: Red Door Services (formerly known as the Red Door Clinic) are part of the Hennepin County Public Health Clinic, located on the 4th Floor of the Hennepin County Health Services Building. Since 1970, the staff at our clinic have been providing confidential, non-judgmental and professional sexual health care to our community. We are the largest HIV/STD testing site in Minnesota, providing testing, treatment and health education around STDs, Ryan White HIV medical care for the uninsured, as well as pregnancy prevention and targeted HIV/STD programming through the CAPS Program and HIM Program.
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FFC is a feminist community committed to empowering its members and the campus to work to end the oppression of women through education, support, and action. Feminists for Change is an organization for all people who want to explore and act on the many personal, political, and creative aspects of feminism. Past activities include Love Your Body Week (October), V-Day/The Vagina Monologues (February), Women's History Month (March), Take Back the Night (April), weekly meetings, and guest speakers.
GLOW! (Gay, Lesbian, or Whatever!) is a group comprised of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning (GLBTQ), and heterosexual persons. GLOW! helps to educate, provide resources for and foster acceptance and support for self-identified GLBT persons with and through the alliance of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. We hope to create a safe environment for all through open discussion, educational activities, and social events. Membership in the organization and/or participation in events are in no way an indicator of sexual orientation or behavior.
The Gender, Equality And Responsibility (GEAR) Network is an organization that meets weekly to discuss issues of gender roles in today's society. We also hold Tuesday Night Men's Group support sessions.
Girls on the Run is a non-profit national organization that uses running as a platform to prepare elementary school girls for a lifetime of healthy living. As part of the Northfield chapter, we meet twice a week for ten weeks in the Spring and use the provided curricula to give lessons to boost girls self esteem, self respect, and physical, emotional, mental and social well-being. At the end of the ten weeks, the participants run a 5k that they have been training for over the season. Last year, we had about thirty third through fifth graders at Greenvale elementary, and this year we are hoping to have additional programs at Prairie Creek and Sibley elementary schools. Check out www.girlsontherun.org for more details! The time commitment begins in March. Volunteers have a few hours of training before the program begins, and take a CPR and First Aid class to become certified. When the program begins it is approximately a four hour per week commitment.
HOPE Center, formerly the WomanSafe Center, delivers advocacy and crisis intervention services to victims of domestic abuse, child abuse and sexual assault through healing outreach, prevention and education. HOPE Center was formed in 1994 by merging the Rice County Sexual Assault Program, Battered Women’s Program and the Northfield Helpline. The result is an advocacy organization that provides extensive services to victims of violence in Rice County. If offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities and allows for volunteers to work with both children and adults. Some opportunities include aiding in conversations and presentations about abuse to both children and adults, playing with children, serving as a role model for youth, and helping at health fairs.
Hmong Women Dialogue is a support group for Hmong women on campus. This support group provides a space in which Hmong women can come together to engage in dialogue about issues relevant to Hmong women and the Hmong community. With an emphasis on Trust, Respect, and Friendship, Hmong Women Dialogue encourages Hmong women to feel comfortable to exchange their stories and ideas.
The Leaders for Social Change program compliments a St. Olaf education by providing an opportunity for students to complete a community-based internship or research project in Northfield or the Twin Cities while participating in ongoing academic and vocational reflection with faculty, staff, community leaders and alumni. Student participants explore connections between theory and practice, discern their vocations and gain professional skills that will prepare them to foster the common good in future civic and work roles.
The academic internship (or research experience funded through the Center for Undergraduate Research & Inquiry) enables students to work with nonprofit, public or for-profit organizations seeking to address goals such as poverty reduction, community and economic development, environmental sustainability, education or community health. Interns make valuable contribution and gain communication, leadership, research, teamwork and interpersonal skills.
The Nightingale Project pairs St. Olaf women and Northfield middle school girls with the goal of building ongoing relationships and mentoring. If you survived middle school, you're qualified! Join us for monthly group events and weekly one-on-one time with your mentee on the St. Olaf campus. Make new friends! Build self-esteem! Have fun!
Students for Reproductive Health and Choice works on several levels to protect and enhance reproductive rights and health for women. In addition to working to elect pro-choice candidates, we connect students and their legislators at both local and national levels to ensure access to reproductive health care and comprehensive sex education via signing petitions and participating in Minnesota's Pro-Choice Lobby Day. We also serve as abortion clinic escorts; we walk women from their cars to clinic doors, serving as a buffer between women seeking abortions and anti-choice protestors. With the help of St. Olaf's Wellness Center and the Gender and Sexuality Center, we host the Reproductive Health Fair, which provides students with information on many topics related to reproductive health, sex practices, and the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. We also host the Vagina Carnival during national V-Week (a movement to end violence against women), where games, piñatas, arts and crafts, and of course cake are always involved!
Mission: The Sexual Assault Resource Network, SARN, takes a stand against sexual assault and intimate violence on the St. Olaf campus through supporting survivors and raising awareness in the college community.SARN advocates are a group of caring and committed state certified sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse student advocates. SARN is a CONFIDENTIAL source on campus. Our principle concern is making sure that survivors of sexual, domestic and emotional abuse find their needs and concerns met with compassion and competence at St. Olaf College. Our services include: victims' rights and legal advocacy, crisis intervention, referrals, assistance with administrative hearing processes, education and information on sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, and healthy relationships or just someone to talk to. Advocates are on call nightly from 8 pm to 8 am during the academic year at x3777. We are also available during Chapel time in our office in room 113 Buntrock during the weekdays, and for other appointments times email firstname.lastname@example.org. We also offer a support circle for survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse.
The St. Olaf Wellness Center is located on the main floor of Buntrock Commons, room 115. The Wellness Center serves as a resource to promote awareness and education on issues relating to healthy lifestyles. We provide prevention and intervention services for alcohol and other drug use and abuse concerns. Peer Educators (PE) who staff The Wellness Center are available to talk with students one-on-one during office hours. Students are encouraged to come in and talk with a PE on any health related issue.
Peer Educators are current students who provide approximately 10 programs per month on topics such as chemical health, nutrition, relationships, sexual health and mental health. All students are welcome to attend our programs!
The Women’s Center serves as a catalyst for the University to achieve equity for women.Toward that end, the Women’s Center connects individuals and organizations with resources, offers leadership development and educational programs, and advocates for systemic policy, structure and climate change. A unit of the Office for Equity and Diversity, the Women’s Center primarily supports University students, staff, faculty, but also alumni and community members. Listed below is a sampling of our programs and services.
The Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota promotes scholarship that pushes established boundaries while providing a rich and rigorous undergraduate and graduate education that asks students to view the worlds around them with a curious, yet, critical lens.
The QSCC offers a Safe Space in 205 Coffman Union and is a great way to meet new friends in the GLBTQIA Community.
The Office for Equity and Diversity (OED)432 Morrill Hall
100 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
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Enrich Girls is a group that strives to enrich oneself by enriching others. The group focuses on combining the love of volunteering with the love of being a girl. The women of Enrich Girls work to instill a positive self image as well as a sense of belonging in the lives of those they touch through their involvement in community organizations.
The Feminist Studies Graduate Student Association provides collective representation for GWSS graduate students as employees and members of the department. It provides a graduate forum for the exchange of ideas; building community among, representing the interests of, and advocating for the Feminist studies graduate students.
The Graduate Interdisciplinary Group in Sexuality Studies (GIGSS) is a cross-disciplinary, intellectual and academic community that seeks to promote the rigor and integrity of sexuality studies at the University of Minnesota. Established by and for graduate students, GIGSS works to claim and cultivate a public space for the study of sexuality as approached through its relationships with other social identities, practices, and structures, including, but not limited to: race, class, gender, nation, law, and culture. By creating new opportunities for interdisciplinary conversation and research we strive to develop the intellectual and institutional support necessary for engaged academic and community endeavors.
We are a non-partisian, non-sexist association dedicated to protecting the right to reproductive freedom through activism and education. We also support related issues, such as birth control availability, sex education and emergency contraception. We are dedicated to promoting a free society where people can make the reproductive decisions which are best for them.
SHE is a women’s group who’s mission is to empower young women in society. We want to strengthen one another, as well as, give each other the confidence, tools and the support system letting the world know that young women can and will do it all. We do this by creating a strong bond between one another.
The primary focus of the Society of Women Engineers is to support and encourage women in science and engineering fields. SWE provides support, leadership opporutnities, outreach experiences, community involvement, teamwork skills, and personal/professional development for females in science and engineering.
The University Pro-Choice Coalition strives to protect women’s reproductive freedoms through education and awareness. Educating students, staff, and members of the public about safe-sex practices, birth control, emergency contraception, and abortion will allow people to make an informed decision about reproductive rights. The University Pro-Choice Coalition will also work to ensure reproductive freedoms in Minnesota by endorsing Pro-Choice legislation.
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Director: Corrine Carvalho
The Luann Dummer Center for Women addresses the needs and aspirations of women. The center’s educational programs, activities, and resources are available to students, faculty and staff of the university. These services foster the intellectual, spiritual and personal development of women, and promote an open and diverse environment at St. Thomas. By enhancing academic experiences and providing developmental opportunities, the center assists women in achieving their highest potential. As the center fulfills this purpose, it contributes to the entire campus community.
Students in women's studies learn how to analyze social forces and assumptions that have shaped women's lives on individual, naitonal, and global levels. They study women's contributions to history, politics, literature, psychology, biology, theology, family, and social welfare. They examine the ways that gender organizes experience for both women and men in our culture and around the world. Students also study the scientific, cultural, intellectual, and practical significance of that organization. A flexible program of study, women's studies combines theoretical, practical, and research components and provides preparation for both advanced study and professional work.
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In keeping with the university's commitment to diversity, the University of St. Thomas Allies' primary objective is to serve as an educational resource about gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and heterosexual issues and how they relate to one another, as well as, to foster a civil and respectful campus community.
SWE provides a common meeting ground for people interested in engineering, promoting the application for and understanding of engineering in general and mechanical and electrical engineering in particular. SWE hopes to expand the image of the engineering profession, and inspire women to achieve their full potential engineering careers.
The purpose of this organization is to expose St. Thomas students to the influences and history of women in business through networking, educational events, and other activities.
Women’s and Gender Studies is a multidisciplinary program that looks at the lives and experiences of women and men through many different disciplines—history, art, psychology, economics, literature, sociology, and public health, among others. Women’s and Gender Studies students explore the ways in which gender shapes women’s and men’s identities and experiences in national global cultures. They also consider how cultural differences affect women’s and men’s lives within multicultural societies.
The Women’s and Gender Studies Program is committed to integrating classroom and community. Women’s and Gender Studies students apply feminist theories and analyses to current social issues and develop the skills necessary for citizenship through a field experience with a community organization or agency. The Women’s and Gender Studies Program sponsors and coordinates campus opportunities and events that promote understanding and awareness of diverse perspectives and gender-related issues among WSU students, faculty, and staff. The program centralizes information relevant to women’s and gender studies opportunities at WSU and provides students, faculty, and staff convenient access to and use of that information.
The Women’s and Gender Studies Program functions for and with all segments of WSU, including the Outreach and Continuing Education Department, the Rochester campus, and the larger Winona community.
The program focuses on five major objectives:
1. Promoting understanding of gender issues on campus and in the wider community
2. Supporting gender-related social change activities on campus and in the wider community
3. Guidance and leadership in the process of integrating gender issues into the WSU curriculum
4. Centralization of information about existing opportunities for exploring and addressing gender issues
5. Coordination and administration of women’s and gender studies course offerings.
Health & Wellness Services
Health & Wellness Services provides general medical care to all currently enrolled students at Winona State University and Minnesota State College Southeast Technical, including preventative care, diagnosis and treatment of illness and injuries, as well as mental health care. Health & Wellness Services at WSU strives for the optimum health of students by providing an optimum level of care.
The WILL program is modeled after an extremely successful approach to addressing disturbing differences in the college experiences of women and men. By promoting female achievement and leadership in strategic and innovative ways, WILL offers women an unparalleled opportunity to increase their self-esteem and confidence and realize their full potential. The program enhances women's collegiate experiences through a three-pronged approach:Women's & Gender studies curriculum, Gender-related programs outside the classroom, and A leadership development organization.
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EVOLVE - Engaging Voices On Legislation for Victory in Equality is a club were students can engage politicians and leaders to work towards greater equality in our political system and social institutions. EVOLVE will specifically work towards improving equality for the LGBTQI community but is also a progressive club that supports other progressive causes and will work with other clubs to strengthen their support.
Fighting for our Rights and Gender Equality!
The GLBTA Partnership is an organization dedicated to being a resource on campus for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual/transgender, and allies/straight students, faculty, family members, and the general public alike. We are here to educate, support, and look out for the best interest of everyone despite race, gender, age, disability, etc.
NOMAS WSU is pro-feminist, gay affirmative, anti-racist, and dedicated to enhancing men's lives by challenging society's rigid model of masculinity. We are committed to equality on social justice issues such as gender, class, age, sexual identity, gender identity, religion, and physical ability, just to name a few. We seek to break the link that exists between society's traditional norms of masculinity and violence & oppression. We challenge men to redefine male and female relationships in a spirit of absolute equality, and to encourage other men to do the same. We believe that fighting for equality and shedding society's expectations of masculinity will help us redefine what it means to be men.
PAVE's purpose is for raising awareness and shattering the silence of sexual and domestic violence through social, educational, and legislative efforts.