The Women's Center

Facilitating Student Access to Support and Services

The Women’s Center is operational and will continue to make services accessible to students. Due to the COVID-19 related public health emergency, our staff take turns to be at the Center in person and to work remotely via phone/email/video conferencing when not scheduled to be on site. 

Staff emails and phone messages are monitored between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday.  Emails received after 4:30 p.m. or on weekends will be responded to by the next business day. Email and Voice Mail communication is intended for routine communications regarding appointments, consultation, referrals, and general concerns regarding student care.

Requests for appointments can be made by calling (973) 720-2578 or by email at

Please check our social media pages frequently for updates on programs and events and for tips on self-care activities during this time.

For mental health emergencies, please contact the Counseling, Health, and Wellness Center On Call number 973-720-2257 (24 hours, 7 days a week) to be connected to a Counselor.

If you are experiencing an emergency requiring immediate attention, please call 911 or Campus Police at 973-720-2301.

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

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 »

Revised June, 2018

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