Women's Resource Center
The Women's Resource Center is an integral part of Washington State University's commitment to equity and diversity. The Center works to promote a safe and supportive climate that enables women to engage as full and active participants within the university community. The Women's Resource Center helps transform the educational environment into a more inclusive and progressive institution by assisting, supporting, and mentoring women at Washington State University.
The Women's Resource Center develops programs to celebrate women's diversity and contributions, while actively confronting societal challenges and obstacles through activism and working for change. Our programs address gender, race, class, and their intersections, recognizing the relevance of these inter-related social issues. Offering resources and educational programs to members of our university, we engage the larger constituencies to act as change agents for a more diverse and inclusive educational system.
Principal StaffTurea Erwin, Director & NEW Leadership Inland Northwest Coordinator
Ph. (509) 335-8200
Kim Barrett, Program Support Specialist
Ph. (509) 335-4386
Mary Anderson, Safety Advocate and Volunteer Coordinator
Ph. (509) 335-1856
Suzanne Hamada, YWCA Coordinator
Ph. (509) 335-2572
Areas of Expertise:Access & Disparities, Advancing Women's Leadership, Domestic and Workplace Violence, Awareness & Education, Barriers & Opportunities, Diversity & Inclusion, Culture & Identity, Family & Society, Mentoring, Title IX, Women in History, Women's Movements, Women's, Gender & Feminist Studies, Women's Networks, Violence
Projects & Campaigns
CWS has been the leader in making relevant social and political issues prominent at WSU. Programming has been intended to educated students on foreign and domestic affairs since the 1920s. CWS has always focused on events for students and has become involved in political activities and advocating for safety, equity, and diversity on campus. Currently, CWS is comprised of five groups: The Association for Pacific and Asian Women, Black Women's Caucus, Mujeres Unidas, Native American Women's Association, and the YWCA of WSU. CWS also funds two other organizations: the Women's Transit Program and the NEW Leadership Summer Institute. CWS symbolizes unity and diversity by representing the interests of women from diverse cultural background. CWS and its coalition groups sponsor programs and activities that heighten students' awareness of issues pertaining to class, race and gender.
The Take Back the Night march is an annual event, bringing together the Pullman and WSU Community in solidarity against violence. It begins on the Glenn Terrell Mall and winds around campus, ending near the Coliseum. A short candle-light vigil will follow the march, giving us a moment to reflect on the effects of violence on the lives of victims, survivors, family, friends, and the larger community.
The Women's Resource Center assumes responsibility for coodinating the Women's History Month Celebration at Washington State University. A wide range of activities are organized and supported by many colleges, departments and student organizations. The Women's Resource Center also presents the Women's Recognition Luncheon during which the WSU Women of Distinction and Women of the year are honored.
Appointed by the President, the Commission on the Status of Women gathers data and makes recommendations on issues relevant to women at Washington State Unversity. The Commission prepares a five-year report, which serves as a framework for institutional change. As member of the Commission Executive Board, the Center provides guidance and on-going support for the Commission.
National Education for Women’s (NEW) Leadership Inland Northwest is a residential institute designed to empower college women to become involved in the political process. Participants interact with women from a variety of political and policy-making positions to develop their own concepts of leadership. To achieve full impact of the program and meet program graduation requirements, participants are expected to attend and actively engage in all scheduled activities and sessions.
Mom's Weekend is a fun-packed tradition for families and friends of Washington State University students to honor their mothers and showcase their contributions to the University.
Women's Transit Program is funded through the Coalition for Women Students with Student Services and Activities Fees. It is a program under the direction of the Women's Resource Center with Turea Erwin, Director, Mary Anderson, Program Coordinator, and two Student Assistants and around 160 Volunteers.
Reports & Resources
Commission on the Status of Women. 2000. The Staus of Women at Washington State University: Commission on the Status of Women Report to the President, 1995-2000 .The Commission prepares a five-year report, which serves as a framework for institutional change.
Women's Resource Center. 1999. HECB Gender Equity Report. The HECB Gender Equity Report assesses institutional compliance with TitleIX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender in education programs receiving federal funds. At two-year intervals the Center prepares an assessment of the progress made in nine key areas including: access to higher education, athletics, career education, student employment, learning environment, math and science, sexual harassement/sexual assault, counseling services, parenting students.
Women's Resource Center. Sexual Assault Prevention Resource Guide. The Women's Resource Center publishes a Sexual Assault Prevention Resource Guide to provide general information about policies, programs, and services pertaining to sexual assault prevention, educational outreach, and survivor support. It is our intention to inform members of Washington State University and Pullman communities of the serious nature of sexual violence and its impact on our society. Sexual assault affects people regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, physical ability, ethnic origin, and economic status.
National Statistics on Women. 2007.
Opportunities, Grants & Fellowships
The first GWIS chapter, Alpha, was started in Cornell, NY, while the second chapter (Beta) was in Madison, WI. These chapters are still in existence today, along with 16+ other chapters in the US and international. Members include graduate students, post docs, as well as the professionals in industry, or higher education. Disciplines are numerous, ranging from social scientists to basic scientists in all areas of science.
What We Do
NCRW is a network of leading university and community based research, policy, and advocacy centers with a growing global reach dedicated to advancing rights and opportunities for women and girls. We also have a Corporate Circle comprised of senior diversity professionals from leading U.S. and global member companies and a Presidents Circle of college and university leaders who share our commitment. NCRW harnesses the collective power of its network to provide knowledge, analysis, and thought leadership on issues ranging from reducing women’s poverty to building a critical mass of women’s leadership across sectors.