Who We Are

The Center for Women & Gender Equity is dedicated to addressing and educating the campus community about issues such as healthy relationships, identity, self-esteem, dating violence, and sexual assault as well as societal issues such as sexism, racism, and other forms of oppression that affect people of all gender identities to succeed. By providing outreach, education, referrals, and support, the CWGE aims to empower people of all genders to succeed on campus. 

Our Mission:

The Center for Women & Gender Equity creates an inclusive space where every member of the SMC community-all genders, bodies, sexual orientations, racial, spiritual, and ethnic identities-can seek education, support, dialogue, and engagement around issues of gender equity, identity, and equality.

Our Vision:

We believe in the dignity of the human person. We envision a community committed to social justice and gender equity, and free from violence and oppression. We strive toward greater gender and multicultural balance, enhanced campus dialogue, and a stronger sense of inclusive community.

Our Philosophy of Service:

The CWGE is committed to empowering people of all gender identities to succeed. We work collaboratively with departments and centers across campus to ensure that students utilizing our services have a holistic experience. We can offer advocacy and support, which compliments but does not replace the services of the Counseling Center. We commit to offering students one hour of individual time with a staff person each week for consultation, advocacy, and referrals, in addition to the groups, programs and outreach initiatives we offer.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who engage regularly in the Center's programs will be able to… 

  • Understand the concept of gender equity and recognize examples of gender inequity. 
  • Identify red flags in unhealthy relationships and traits of healthy relationships. 
  • Define coercion, consent and sexual assault. 
  • Develop an awareness of diverse identities related to sexual orientation, gender, and familial roles. 
  • Explore the relationship between external influences, body image and self identity. 
  • Differentiate an ally from a bystander.
  • Engage in discourse and dialogue about identity and differences.