What is the need for a women's resource center?

Since the 1970s, university women's centers have been responding to inequities experienced by women in and out of the classroom. Women's centers serve as a centralized campus location where students, staff, and faculty can access information and address a multitude of women's issues and concerns. Today, women's centers provide the university community a chance to actively take part in identifying and addressing current women's and gender related issues, working on climate and policy issues, and creating a wide array of educational programming.

Cornell University has had a strong history of providing a quality coeducational experience for women and men alike. We were one of the first universities in the Northeast to admit women, one of the first to have a Women's Studies Program, and one of the first to engage in an assessment of the climate for women in 1973. However, women in higher education continue to have a "gendered" educational experience—whether it be issues of sexual harassment or sexual assault, absence of role models and mentors, safety or childcare. As a student organization the WRC provides resources, information, and referral; educational programming, and advocacy and support in order to foster a more vibrant campus community by supporting the full and active participation of women students in both their personal and educational pursuits.

How does the WRC work with the Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program?

The WRC has a strong connection with the Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program. The WRC provides a multitude of resources, activities and opportunities for FGSS students and faculty. For students pursuing a FGSS Undergraduate Minor, Undergraduate Concentration, or Graduate Minor, the WRC allows a place for theory and praxis to merge through experiential learning, activism, and community service opportunities. To find out more about the Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program call (607) 255-6480.

What are some reasons why someone would visit the Women's Resource Center?

There are many reasons why someone would visit the Women's Resource Center. Here are a few:

  • To browse our brochure and handout collection. Looking for information on dating, stress, health, sexual harassment, or on the many local agencies in Tompkins County? We have the resources and staff to help.
  • Because we have a great lending library. Over 1,200 books, cool magazines and topical files. Whether writing a paper or reading for pleasure, be sure to check us out.
  • To get involved in a community service project that serves women in our community. This year we held a variety of fund raisers to support the Advocacy Center in Ithaca, which provides prevention education and support services to those affected by sexual or domestic violence in Tompkins County.
  • To meet new people with interesting opinions, diverse experiences, and a common vision—a safe and welcoming community where all people are valued!

What do you want to do this year?

  • So you can find out what's going on. We have a great weekly calendar of events. Each week women-focused events, scholarships, and volunteer opportunities are highlighted. Subscribe now—send a message to lyris@cornell.edu in the body of the message write: subscribe CWRC-L yourfirstname yourlastname
  • To volunteer for the center. The WRC is always looking for volunteers to plan programs, staff the office, or just hang fliers. Get back to your Rosie the Riveter roots and say "We Can Do It!"
  • Hang out, read a magazine, take a break from studying, grab lunch or just escape. We might not have a huge office but there is always room for a friend.  And our candy bowl is legendary.
  • Attend a WRC program or workshop. Learn about women's issues in other countries through our International Women's Day programming. Discuss current events over dinner with some friends at our Feminism: Food for Thought weekly dinner. Help dismantle the media's messages about beauty (that it only looks like one thing) at our annual Love Your Body Day program.
  • You'll get to meet other people from across campus who are interested in women's issues. Here's your chance to make friends, meet cool people, be an activist or an advocate or an observer—you're always welcome.
  • Learn how to be an agent for change. After all, this campus is your home. If you want to work on improving the climate for women, changing a policy, or raising awareness, we'd be happy to help you get started.
  • Apply to be on our Executive Board. This is a great way to have a say in the future of the center. Applications are accepted in April with new members starting the following fall.

How can I become involved?

Here are just a few of the ways in which you can become involved with the WRC:

  • Become a WRC volunteer
  • Subscribe to the WRC listserv
  • Help develop, design, and deliver programs and events
  • Attend WRC sponsored and co-sponsored events
  • Visit the lending library
  • Organize a fundraiser or community service project
  • Apply to the WRC Executive Board
  • Act as a liaison between the WRC and other organizations that you are involved with
  • Study, hang out, join us for lunch, or browse through our resources
  • Help staff the office
  • Assist with tabling, chalking, and hanging fliers--in other words, help us spread the word!

Can men and other people who do not identify as women become involved in the Women's Resource Center?

Yes! Men can be and are involved with the Women's Resource Center. People of all genders, may utilize our resources and services, attend our programs, participate in community service activities,  support our efforts, and join our E-board.

Here are a few other reasons why men might visit the Women's Resource Center:

  • To check out a book from our lending library to help with a research project or term paper. (Did you know we have over 1200 books in our library? And it's searchable on our website.)
  • To browse our brochure and handout collection. (Looking for information on healthy dating, helping a friend in crisis, or on the many local agencies in Tompkins County? We have the resources and staff to help out!)
  • To get involved in a community service project-walk for breast cancer research in honor of your someone you love or raise money for violence against women prevention. (Better yet, we'll help you plan your own project!)
  • To subscribe to the WRC listserv-where you can find out about campus-wide programs and events. (Our weekly calendar highlights many women and gender focused events each week!)
  • To schedule a presentation for your organization, residence hall, or fraternity on any number of interesting issues.
  • To access information, resources, or referral for a woman in your life who may need some support.
  • To find out how you can be an ally to women on campus.
  • Apply to be on our Executive Board.