We are 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.
Penn State’s Center for Women Students supports all 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 commitment to inclusion is a key component in all Center for Women Students' programs and services. The Center, in both philosophy and program implementation, is committed to be a multiracial unit serving all women students. Accordingly, this unit concerns itself with the issues of women doubly or multiply discriminated against on the basis of race or ethnicity, as well as by virtue of sexual orientation, disability or age.
Additionally, although the programs and services of the Center for Women Students are designed primarily for women students, such offerings are available to all students at the University. Men students interested in and concerned about the problems and issues of women students are encouraged to participate in the Center's activities. Other members of the University and local community are also welcome to attend all educational programs of the Center for Women Students.
The genesis of the Center for Women Students, which provides a central focus for meeting the needs of women 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 women in the University's classrooms, other campus locations, research centers and in the community.