The Center for Women, Gender & Sexuality:
Serving Women and the LGBTQ* Community
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, it became the Women’s Resource Center, and in 2011, 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 LGBTQ and women’s issues. In addition, it coordinates campus initiatives to prevent sexual assault and intimate partner violence. The 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, gender identity and expression 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 McLean Campus Center in Suite 207.
The Center for Women Gender & Sexuality proudly supports the Pride Alliance. Find them on Facebook
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