Women's Center

Welcome to the Women's Center

The Western Illinois University Women’s Center supports a welcoming and gender-inclusive campus community. Student development is at the core of our work. We advocate for gender equity through examinations of feminisims, sexism, patriarchy, and misogyny. We lead the campus community in explorations of how gender is a social construction that influences power dynamics, and intersects with all other identities, such as, but not limited to: ability, age, citizenship status, ethnicity, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic class. We promote opportunities to celebrate women, collaborate in programming and outreach, and seek unity and understanding.

The Women's Center Seeks to:

  • address the distinctive needs of the women of WIU
  • recognize, celebrate, and promote awareness among women, and people of all gender identities, 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 of women's contributions to society
  • assist anyone who wants to help create a world in which all people have equal opportunities at home, at school, in the workplace, and society

Women's Center Programs:

  • provides and co-sponsors outreach programs in residence halls, sororities and fraternities, classrooms, for student-athletes, and student organizations
  • 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
  • co-sponsors the V-Day College Campaign in mid-February
  • coordinates Women's History Month programs and activities in March
  • actively supports initiatives implemented by Casa Latina Cultural Center and the Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center
  • welcomes all students, regardless of gender identity or expression, to hang out in the Women's Center, take a nap, study, or grab a cup of coffee