About the Women’s Center

Gettysburg College Women’s Center serves as a hub for social justice leadership and activism around women’s and gender issues, providing students with knowledge, experiences, and resources to be informed leaders, advocates, and change-makers on campus and beyond. The Women’s Center is located in the Women’s and LGBTQA Resource Center in Apple Hall, and is a relaxed, friendly, growth-oriented venue for students to hang out, relax, study, have meetings, or host events. The Women’s and LGBTQA Resource Center is staffed every day of the week during the academic year with student office assistants who are able to assist students with gender, sex, safety, relationship/sexual violence, bias, or health questions and concerns.

Women’s Center 2019-2020 Brochure

Mission

The Women’s Center’s mission is to enhance the academic achievement, career aspiration, and personal development of all who identify as women at Gettysburg College. We are committed to creating a safe, equitable, and inclusive learning environment in which all people can be successful regardless of age, race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or disability.

Vision

Gettysburg College Women’s Center is dedicated to the development of a campus environment that promotes equity by not only focusing on the quantity of women on campus, rather the quality of their experiences. We envision a campus atmosphere that advocates for gender equality and mutual respect among all members of our campus community.

The Gettysburg College Women’s Center envisions a world where...

  • All people live in safety and their basic human needs are met.
  • No one uses sex to harm another person.
  • All who identify as women are evaluated on the basis of character and the fruits of their labor rather than appearance.
  • All victims of abuse can overcome feelings of shame and guilt, and in healing become empowered to break the silence and raise awareness.
  • Oppressive norms and expectations surrounding gender roles are challenged and defeated.
  • Women earn equal wages.
  • All human partnerships are based on mutual respect, love, and dignity.
  • Governments continue to set policies to specifically protect individuals from discrimination based on age, race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or disability.
  • A woman’s sexuality and choices are her own.
  • All people feel safe in all public spaces at all times.
  • Where men and women see themselves as feminist.
  • We see this work as everyone’s work.

The Women’s Center is located in the Women’s and LGBTQA Resource Center, located on the first floor of Apple Hall. Our comfortable programming space includes our office, library, meeting area, and full kitchen. The space houses the Women’s Center and LGBTQA Advocacy and Education, and can be reserved for groups or departments hosting events or meetings that reflect the mission of these departments. All requests to reserve the space must be submitted through 25Live for processing and are subject to approval.

Shared Vision

Gettysburg College Women’s Center and Office of LGBTQA Advocacy & Education envision a campus community where women and LGBTQA students and the people who support them can thrive, be safe and feel proud to call Gettysburg College their home.

Safe Space Statement

The Women’s and LGBTQA Resource Center is a Safe Space. A Safe Space is defined as both a physical place that is welcoming, comforting, and easily accessible, and a mindset that is accepting of all individuals, their identities, their opinions, and personal stories. We ask all users of the Center to display respect towards the missions, vision, and values of each office, and to the individuals that use the space.

FAQs

The following passages are excerpted and adapted from a variety of sources. Please see respective footnotes for reference citations.

What is a Women’s Center?

Women’s centers reflect the unique needs of their institutions and communities, yet share a commitment to historically underserved individuals and groups. Additionally, women’s centers play a leadership role in understanding the changing workplace and preparing members of the university community to engage successfully with an increasingly complex world. Women’s centers are integral to transforming institutions into inclusive environments; through community-building, advocacy, education, support, and research, they encourage the full participation and success of women.

Vlasnik, A. L. (2010, May). Ohio women’s centers: Statement of philosophy (Issue Brief No. 01). Retrieved from Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education website: http://www.soche.org/for-members/councils-and-committees/womenscenters-committee/ and Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities website: http://www.gcccu.org/committees/womens-studies.cfm