The Women’s Center serves students and the campus community through a focus on gender, sexuality, and social justice. For more than 50 years, we have been dedicated to transforming campus climate at the university by developing and supporting a more inclusive understanding of gender and sexuality through education, outreach, and leadership development opportunities. The center provides resources for students with children and students of all genders while promoting sexual health and advocating for gender equity.
Meet the Staff
We are located on the third floor of the Nebraska Union. We encourage anyone who wants to meet with staff to set an appointment by email.
The Women’s Center works to intentionally engage the UNL community around gender equity, services for students with children, identity development, leadership, and sexual and menstrual health product distribution.
Our vision is to have a campus that recognizes intersectional understandings of gender and sexuality, by engaging with campus and local community on issues related to gender, gender equity, sexuality and social justice.
Social Justice Values Statement
We recognize the intersections of gender and sexuality with race, ethnicity, class, ability, age, culture, nationality, immigration status and all social systems. We work to build and bridge communities that welcome and affirm people to be their whole selves, honoring their multiple identities and life experiences. We work to change systems that marginalize individuals and communities based on social identities. We are committed to supporting student success, building community, and developing leaders.
We are committed to InPOWER Huskers!
Intersectionality-recognizing the multiple, mixed and intersecting identities that we all encompass and that interact with gender and sexuality – to ensure a focus on marginalized identities and acknowledging that every person and every interaction matters.
Purpose-to help students define and determine their purpose in pursuing higher education.
Ownership-to help students take ownership of their story and educational journey.
Wellbeing-to support students in being the best version of themselves.
Engagement-to encourage engagement in experiences that help prepare students to excel in a global society.
Relationships-to facilitate building relationships with peers, faculty/staff, alum, and community members.
Both the Women’s Center and the LGBTQA+ Center evolved out of student activism that can be traced back to student groups in 1970. Space first became available for the Women’s Action Group to open a center in 1971. The history of the Women’s Center is also entwined with the development of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at UNL. The Women’s Center was originally located on the first floor of the Nebraska Union and became a part of the institution in 1978. It moved to third floor, and is located in 340 NU.
In 2018, the Women’s Center and the LGBTQA+ Center became free-standing centers and in 2019 the two united as Gender, Sexuality and Social Justice within the Student Life and Leadership focus of Student Affairs. In 2020, the centers now have an assistant director in each center and a program coordinator dedicated to serving campus needs. Both centers have contributed to the campus and benefited from engagement by students, faculty, staff, alum and community members. We look forward to continuing to move forward together.
There is so much more to the story, which we are more than happy to share. If you have a story to contribute, contact Pat at firstname.lastname@example.org.