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 amplifies and advocates for women and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer community, with the purpose of eliminating barriers, diminishing prejudices, and creating a supportive climate and space for all. The CWGS recognizes that investigations of gender and sexuality take place within systems of oppression, and are deeply impacted by experiences of racism, classism, ablism, immigration status, and xenophobia. The CWGS offers intersectional education, support, and resources that work to dismantle systems of oppression, especially those that allow sexism, homophobia, and transphobia to thrive. We strive to do this work through an actively anti-racist lens that decenters white supremacy.
In addition, the CWGS coordinates campus initiatives to prevent sexual assault and intimate partner violence. 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.
- Create community for students, staff by providing the campus with a safe and brave space to voice opinions and concerns on current social justice issues impacting women and the LGBTQIA+ community
- Provide resources & referrals on women’s and LGBTQIA+ health
- Educate students and UMass Dartmouth community on women’s and LGBTQIA+ history as well as current issues
- Advocate for survivors of sexual violence; implement active bystander intervention education and programs strategies
- Provide intersectional programing to educate the UMass Dartmouth community about issues of structural inequity and marginalization
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. To learn more about student organizations log onto MyOrgs!
The Center for Women, Gender & Sexuality offers U Got This! - Online Active Bystander Training to all new UMass Dartmouth undergraduate students.