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
- Sex Signals
- 6 p.m. Monday, September 26
- Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
A two-person team of highly-trained educators from Catharsis Productions takes the audience on an interactive, relevant, and often-hilarious exploration of beliefs, behaviors, and gender stereotypes related to dating and sexual interaction. Then, through several semi-improvisational scenes, and one that depicts a rapist describing a rape, the program reaches out to students who have mislabeled coercion as consent, with the hope of changing behaviors and encouraging bystander intervention. The proof is in the performances. As a result of its tremendous reputation in the higher education community among both students and administration, Sex Signals has been performed more than 3,500 times at colleges and universities of all sizes and has been seen by more than 1 million students worldwide. Sex Signals was awarded Speaker of the Year from Campus Activities Magazine in 2015 and 2016. Sponsored by the Center for Women Students and the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life. Funded, in part, by UPAC! Your Student Activity Fee at Work!
- Telling Amy's Story film screening and discussion
- 6:30 p.m. Monday, October 17
- 132 Flex Theater, HUB-Robeson Center
The film is based on a timeline of events leading up to a domestic violence homicide that occurred in central Pennsylvania in 2001. Sponsored by the Center for Women Students and the Centre County Women's Resource Center in honor of October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
- 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 maek us equally capable of overcoming them. Sponsored by the Center for Women Students and Multicultural Resource Center.