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.
- Pennsylvania Crime Victim Rights: Your Rights as a Crime Victim
- Office of Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response (Title IX reporting and policies)
- Penn State's Policy on Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Harassment, and Related Inappropriate Conduct
Penn State Anonymous Reporting 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
Join the Center for Women Students listserv
- Learn about upcoming speakers, events, and much more!
- E-mail email@example.com and indicate you want to join the listserv.
- Jessica Valenti
- 6:30 p.m. Monday, September 11, 2017
- Heritage Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
- Jessica Valenti is the author of multiple books on feminism, politics and culture, and editor of the anthology Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape. She is also the founder of Feministing.com, which Columbia Journalism Review called "head and shoulders above almost any writing on women's issues in mainstream media ." Her writing has appeared in publications like The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, and Ms. magazine. She is currently a columnist at the Guardian US.