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
- Rape, Racism, and Healthy Masculinity: How are they Connected?
- 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 1
- Freeman Auditorium, HUB-Robeson Center
Oppressions often divide us. The United States, for instance, has a history of racist and sexually violent practices that separated whites and blacks. Africans were enslaved and forced from their homelands by the millions; black women were routinely sexually assaulted by white slave owners; and black men were lynched for allegedly raping white women. Understanding and linking oppressions, though, can help us to see one another as more fully human and better establish relationships as allies. Facilitated by Neil Irvin, executive director of Men Can Stop Rape, the presentation will discuss the racist history of rape, the challenges to connecting anti-rape and anti-racism work, and the promise of creating a collective commitment to preventing racism and gender-based violence through non-violent communication. Irvin is internationally recognized for his approach to positively engaging men in the prevention of sexual and domestic violence. During the past 16 years, his work has reached more than 60 million men and boys through his collaborations and professional responsibilities, pioneering youth development programs, public education campaigns, trainings, and presentations. He has consulted to national and international government and grassroots institutions and organizations. Sponsored by the Center for Women Students and Multicultural Resource Center. Funded by UPAC-Your Student Activity Fee at Work!
- Embrace film screening and discussion
- 6:30 p.m. Monday, February 20
- Freeman Auditorium, HUB-Robeson Center
Embrace is told from the point of view of Taryn Brumfitt as she traverses the globe talking to experts, women in the street, and well-known personalities about the alarming rates of body image issues that are seen in people of all body types. In her affable and effervescent style, Brumfitt bares all (literally) to explore the factors contributing to this problem and seeks to find solutions. After 24 months of travelling, interviewing, production, and post production Brumfitt and the Embrace team have created a film that is relevant, relatable, highly engaging but above all life changing. Sponsored by the Center for Women Students and F.L.Y. Movement.