The Center for Women, Gender & Sexuality proudly supports the Pride Alliance and the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance student organizations.
The Center for Women, Gender & Sexuality University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Originally founded in 1970 as the Women’s Referral Center, the Center for Women, Gender & Sexuality is the second oldest collegiate Women’s Center in the country. With strong activist roots, the women who created the Women’s Referral Center began contraceptive and abortion rights advocacy and education before the 1973 decision of Roe vs. Wade. Over the past four decades the Women’s Referral Center has evolved first into the Women’s Center, then in 1996, under the direction of Dr. Juli Parker, it became the Women’s Resource Center, and more recently the Center for Women, Gender & Sexuality, each time expanding its mission and services to provide progressive inclusive services and resources to students.
The Center for Women, Gender & Sexuality offers resources and support on LGBT and women’s issues. In addition, it coordinates campus initiatives to prevent sexual assault and intimate partner violence. CWGS is a voice for women and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans* community, with the purpose of eliminating barriers, diminishing prejudices, and creating a supportive climate and space for all. Central to our mission is the recognition that explorations of gender must take place in tandem with explorations of race, class, sexual orientation and other significant aspects of individual identity.
As a department of Student Affairs, the Center also acts as a central coordinating agency for campus and community groups. The Center is located in the Campus Center in Suite 207.