Penn State's Center for Women Students (CWS) is committed to a campus culture that makes all students feel supported and gives students access to a full range of services, fosters cooperation and respect, and creates positive experiences that help students be successful both at Penn State and in the world.
The Center supports students who have been impacted by sexual violence, relationship violence, stalking, harassment, and other campus climate issues. We assist students through education, advocacy, referrals, and crisis intervention/support counseling.
The genesis of the Center for Women Students, which provides a central focus for meeting the needs of all students, began with a recommendation from the Commission for Women in 1983. With President Bryce Jordan's support, as well as others, they identified important University-wide needs for the Center. The center, founded in 1985, works to build a supportive environment for students in the University's classrooms, other campus locations, research centers, and in the community.
- Penn State Libraries Resources on Child Abuse and Neglect
- Pennsylvania Crime Victim Rights: Your Rights as a Crime Victim
- Title IX Information
- Penn State's Policy on Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Harassment, and Related Inappropriate Conduct
Penn State Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Hotline
- Misconduct of any kind can be reported to 1-800-560-1637 or at www.hotline.psu.edu.
- Available 24 hours at all campuses
Request an Educational Program
- Educational programming can be requested for classes, student organizations, teams, and more!
- Common program topics include sexual violence, relationship violence, stalking, body image, or can be tailored for specific needs.
- Fill out program request form: https://pennstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_2lgWjz3cSt6Ia1L
- The Anatomy of Hate: A Dialogue of Hope screening and talkback with director Michael Ramsdale
- 6 p.m. Wednesday, October 19
- Freeman Auditorium, HUB-Robeson Center
The film reveals the shared narratives found in individual and collective ideologies of hate, and how we as a species can overcome them. For six years the filmmaker worked with unprecedented access to ideologies like the White Supremacist movement, Christian Fundamentalism as an anti-gay platform, Muslim Extremism, and more. By juxtaposing this verite footage with interviews from leading sociological, psychological, and neurological experts, and interspersing stories of redemption told by former "combatants," the film weaves a tapestry that reveals both the emotional and biological mechanisms which make us all susceptible to acts and ideologies of hate, and demonstrates how these very same traits make us equally capable of overcoming them. Sponsored by the Center for Women Students and Multicultural Resource Center.
- Gloria Steinem
- 8 p.m. Wednesday, November 2
- Schwab Auditorium
Gloria Steinem is a writer, lecturer, political activist, and feminist organizer. She travels in this and other countries as an organizer and lecturer and is a frequent media spokeswoman on issues of equality. She is particularly interested in the shared origins of sex and race caste systems, gender roles and child abuse as roots of violence, non-violent conflict resolution, the cultures of indigenous peoples, and organizing across boundaries for peace and justice. She now lives in New York City and has just finished a book detailing her more than thirty years on the road as a feminist organizer. Sponsored by the Center for Women Students, Student Programming Association (SPA), and Penn State World Campus.
- Gloria Steinem tickets (free) will be available to students on October 19 and the general public on October 26. Tickets will be available at the HUB-Robseon Center Ticket Desk, Bryce Jordan Center, Eisenhower Auditorium, and Penn State Downtown Theatre.