1) What is a Women's Center?
A) A women's center is an organization that contributes to the social, cultural and intellectual development of all students, staff and faculty, and that strives to create a safer environment through education. It's a place that creates opportunities for discussion and understanding on women's and gender issues and a place to receive support, ask questions and simply talk. The mission of the Women’s Center at the University of Missouri-Kansas City is to advocate, educate, and provide support services for the advancement of women’s equity on campus and within the community at large.
2) What are some reasons why women would visit the Women's Center?
A) There are many reasons why women would visit the Women's Center. Here are a few.
3) How can I become involved?
A) Here are just a few of the ways in which you can become involved with the Women's Center:
4) What can the Women’s Center do for my organization?
A) The Women’s Center offers many ways to support your organization:
5) Is theViolence Prevention and Response Project different from Women’s Center?
A) The Violence Prevention and Response Project is a collaboration between various campus and community offices that is hosted by the Women’s Center.
6) How can men contribute to the Women’s Center?
A) Men are welcome at the Women's Center. The library, programming and other services are open to everyone in the UMKC community. Issues that affect women affect the men who know and care for them. Men are encouraged to get involved with the Women's Center. Here are a few other reasons why men might visit the Women's Center:
7 )What is the difference between the Women’s Center, the Women’s Council and the Women’s & Gender Studies Program?
A) Women's & Gender Studies is an academic program. The program offers academic courses that can lead to an undergraduate minor or concentration, as well as a certificate in Girls’ Studies. For more information on the Women's & Gender Studies Program at UMKC, please see their website. The Women's Center does not offer classes, although we do offer educational workshops, speakers and other services. The Women's Center is a center that includes a library, a place to sit and read, study, visit or be quiet.
The UMKC Women’s Council is an organization devoted to involving women from the community in the life of the University; to helping women understand what opportunities are open to them; and to helping women achieve success in their graduate and professional education. The Women’s Council administers the Graduate Assistance Fund, and also offers short-term assistance to women graduate students. The Women’s Center does not offer any scholarship or fellowships.
The UMKC Women’s Center, the UMKC Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and the UMKC Women’s Council work together through the Women’s Collaborative, designed to support and promote the University’s commitment to women’s education, scholarship, and personal and professional growth. The Women’s Center also co-sponsors the Starr Symposium with the Women’s Council.