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 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. Our mission is to offer resources and support on LGBTQ and women’s issues. In addition, the CWGS coordinates campus initiatives to prevent sexual assault and intimate partner violence. The CWGS recognizes that investigations 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.
Provide students with a safe and brave space to voice opinions and concerns on current social justice issues impacting women and the LGBTQ community.
Provide resources & referrals on women’s and LGBTQ health.
Educate students and UMass Dartmouth community on women’s and LGBTQ history as well as current issues.
Advocate for victms of sexual violence, as well as educate on violence prevention.
Provide diverse programing to educate the UMass Dartmouth community about issues of inequity and social justice.
The Center for Women, Gender & Sexuality proudly hosts Gender Punks, the campus support group for gender diverse individuals and supports the Pride Alliance. Find them on Facebook
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The Center for Women, Gender & Sexuality offers U Got This! - Online Active Bystander Training to all new UMass Dartmouth undergraduate students.