Women's Center

Welcome to the Women's Center

Women's Center Staff

The Women's Center's Mission is to promote gender equity through education, support and advocacy and to respond to issues affecting the status of female students, faculty and staff on campus, as well as women in the community and in society.

The Women's Center Role

The Women’s Center seeks to:

  • address the distinctive needs of the women of WIU and surrounding communities
  • recognize, celebrate, and promote awareness among women and men of the multicultural realities of women's lives, particularly with regard to race, age, class, sexual orientation, religion, and ability
  • help women develop positive self-concepts, as well as skills and strategies needed to function effectively in society
  • increase awareness of the unique needs and concerns of women
  • build a sense of community and identity among women
  • provide information about and referrals to local resources in such areas as women's health, education, finance, and employment
  • advocate for female students and employees in the university community
  • increase awareness among women and men of women's contributions to society
  • assist anyone who wants to help create a world in which girls and boys, and women and men, have equal opportunities at home, at school, in the workplace, and in society

Women's Center Programs

Take Back the Night proclamation signing

Take Back the Night Planning Committee members with Macomb Mayor Michael Inman & WIU President Jack Thomas signing the 2011 Take Back the Night proclamation.

The Women's Center:

  • provides and co-sponsors outreach programs in residence halls, sororities and fraternities, classrooms, for student-athletes, and other groups
  • sponsors a "REAL Women: Women as Researchers, Educators, Activists and Leaders" presentation series featuring outstanding work being done by and about women at WIU
  • sponsors Women's Voices Open Mic Nights with poetry, song and storytelling at area coffeehouses
  • collaborates with student organizations, academic and administrative departments, and community groups to bring nationally touring speakers and performers to campus
  • coordinates an annual Take Back the Night march and rally to raise awareness about and stop violence against women
  • coordinates National Love Your Body Day activities on campus that focuses on body image, eating disorders and addiction awareness
  • supports Westerwinds athletics and co-sponsors National Girls and Women in Sports Day
  • co-sponsors the V-Day College Campaign in mid-February
  • coordinates Women's History Month programs and activities in March
  • organizes a REAL Women Leadership Celebration Luncheon for students, faculty and staff
  • Women of Color Seminar
  • sponsors the annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day the fourth Thursday in April
  • publishes and distributes a monthly newsletter, posts electronic bulletin board messages, and maintains a website