Women’s Studies & Services, Institute for
1033 Ninth Street Park
The Institute for Women’s Studies and Services (IWSS) educates the campus community about issues of gender and women’s lives, histories and experiences through curricular and co-curricular activities. We advocate for social justice and feminism.
The institute offers a multidisciplinary Women’s Studies (WMS) curriculum, which emphasizes the diversity of women’s experience and includes a major and minor in women’s studies, as well as a minor in Genders and Sexualities through the Center for Individualized Learning. We also offer weekend Career and Professional Development (CPD) courses that assist students transitioning to university, as well as prepare them for professional careers.
We can give you referrals to campus resources and community agencies that provide a range of services to students, staff and community members. We also provide advocacy and support for students navigating campus procedures. Our scholarship database is available online, and we provide regular workshops and assistance with scholarship applications. We house a feminist library with resources that you can check out, and a feminist art gallery with rotating student work. IWSS also manages the two designated campus lactation spaces.
Clubs and Community Partnerships
The institute sponsors two student clubs: Iota, Iota, Iota and Feminist Alliance. IWSS has made strategic campus and community alliances with the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking (LCHT), Women’s Bean Project, the National Women’s Studies Association and the Phoenix Center to better serve students.
Cultural and Educational Programs
We coordinate educational speakers, cultural activities, workshops, classes and conferences that focus on issues of gender. We assemble an extensive calendar of events each March for Women’s History Month. Check our website for an interactive calendar, as well as a wide variety of curricular and co-curricular resources.