The Women's Center

The Women’s Center Mission, Goals, and Vision

The Women’s Center of William Paterson University was founded in 1993 to bring visibility to issues affecting women on campus, coordinate and facilitate access to resources relevant to women's issues, promote the integration of women's issues into campus culture and discourse, and advocate for the removal of barriers that inhibit the full participation of women in the University community.

Guided by our commitment to gender equity, justice, access, and inclusivity, we serve all students, faculty and staff; provide a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment for all genders; encourage dialogue and diversity while supporting, educating and empowering; foster agency and self-determination; and champion balanced and fulfilled professional and personal lives.

The Women’s Center Mission

As part of the division of Student Development, the William Paterson University Women’s Center works to expand the understanding of women’s and gender issues, empower students to explore options in their lives, and motivate the campus community toward greater involvement in these issues as leaders, allies, and agents of change.

The Women’s Center Goals

Working collaboratively with on and off campus services, programs, and student organizations, the Women’s Center strives to:

  • Support women’s equity and achievement towards intellectual, professional, and personal goals
  • Participate in the formulation and review of campus policies, procedures, and programs relating to gender equity
  • Facilitate and strengthen connections among people across lines of difference and enhance students’ lives through educational programs and experiential opportunities, addressing the diverse backgrounds and experiences of all people
  • Connect students to existing campus and community resources and services
  • Celebrate women whose lives, achievements, and contributions inspire, motivate and challenge
  • Challenge gender-based oppression and violence through education, support, and advocacy

The Women's Center Vision

The Women’s Center’ envisions a university campus where individuals of all genders, sexual orientations, physical and mental abilities, ages, nationalities, socioeconomic status, religions, and racial and ethnic identities are respected and valued; where the community works collectively for diversity and inclusion and against inequity, injustice, and violence; and where all individuals feel safe, supported and empowered to pursue their intellectual, professional, and personal goals.

The Women's Center Statement of Ethical Practice »

Women's History Celebration

 2020 marks the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave American women the right to vote. This year's Women's History Celebration theme is "Valiant Women of the Vote" to honor this monumental historical moment. WPU's Women's History Celebration will be held from March 3 through March 12. See the full event schedule below. Individual event flyers can be found under the Events tab to the left.

WHC 2020 poster

Revised June, 2018

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