Grand Valley State University Women's Center

Frequently Asked Questions about the GVSU Women's Center

What does the Women’s Center do?

The Women’s Center is dedicated to creating a GVSU community that promotes and responds to gender and women’s issues. Our center aims to make a difference on campus by offering educational and informative programming on a variety of topics, such as body image, violence against women, femininity/masculinity, and the intersection of sexism and racism, heterosexism, and classism. In addition, we have a lending library with information on diverse subjects, as well as a collection of pamphlets and brochures promoting resources both locally and nationally that may be of interest to women. We engage in a variety of activities including hosting support groups, organizing volunteers to work with non-profits that benefit the lives of women and girls, and providing sexual assault education. We also provide a physical space for men and women, students, faculty, and staff to meet, study, read a book, or just relax.

What resources do you offer?

The Women’s Center staff and student workers strive to be knowledgeable about campus and community resources. We can help you navigate the resources available to you on campus or in surrounding counties. We are dedicated to providing students with support and resources; on campus, we work collaboratively with the Counseling and Career Development Center, the office of Public Safety and the Dean of Students and many other offices across campus.

I’m interested in finding out more about a specific program. Where can I find the details?

Please check out program details on this website or stop by the office (1201 Kirkhof Center, Allendale campus) to learn more. You may also give us a call at 616-331-2748 or send an e-mail to womenctr@gvsu.edu.

Do you have a schedule with all your programs?

We try to keep our website updated with program information. You may also check the campus-wide events calendar by clicking here.

Can I get counseling at the Women's Center?

The Women’s Center does not provide counseling, however we can get you connected to the campus Counseling and Career Development Center and other off campus services. Outside of counseling, we support a safe and nurturing environment.

Can I get a job at the Women's Center?

The Women’s Center front office is staffed by GVSU students. You are welcome to come in and fill out an application to be considered for employment in the Women’s Center.

Positions are usually determined late spring and the interview process takes place at that time for the upcoming academic year.  It is possible, however, that we may need to fill a spot throughout the school year. Check the University Student Job board for job postings.

How do I check out books from the resource library?

The Women’s Center Resource Library functions as an extension of the University Library. You may come to our office to check out materials. All policies and procedures for using our library are similar to the larger University Library system. For more information, please click here.

Am I allowed to use the computer in the lobby?

Absolutely! We hope the Women’s Center will be a comfortable space for you to study, work, or just relax.

I would like to volunteer for the Women’s Center. How do I get connected?

The Women’s Center is always looking for volunteers that are interested in getting involved and “making a difference in the lives of women and girls.” Volunteer options are available to anyone. Whether you are seeking short term volunteer opportunities on campus, or are interested in volunteering in a local women’s organization, we can help you. Students interested in volunteering with the Women’s Issues Volunteer Corps are encouraged to learn more about the program on the website.

Are men allowed in the Women’s Center?

Everyone is welcome in the Women’s Center! Men and women may utilize our resources, attend our programs, participate in meetings and activities, and support our mission. As friends, partners, brothers, boyfriends- we know that men benefit from the education and resources we provide. In addition, men are highly encouraged to get involved in our efforts around promoting gender equity and ending violence.

Why isn’t there a Men’s Center on campus?

The GVSU Women’s Center was formed by a taskforce of women faculty, staff and students who felt that women's needs could be further met by the University through the creation of a Women's Center that would provide education, discussion and action on issues of gender equity. Male faculty, staff, and students either have not seen a similar need for a Men's Center, have not made their needs known, or have not taken the initiative to form such a center. For the most part, men - especially heterosexual white males - in our society and in many societies throughout the world have not been discriminated against and had to fight for equal rights like women have in such areas as voting, access to education, employment and salary equity, marital laws, religious institutions, social organizations, and more. A large body of research exists which clearly documents gender-based discrimination against women. Traditionally, American history and world history have focused primarily on the achievements and contributions of men, and have largely excluded those of women. In essence, society and social, educational, political and religious institutions, have served as men`s centers.

On what topics does the Women’s Center offer information?

We have done our best to offer information on a wide array of topics and our resource library continues to grow. Domestic violence, sexual assault awareness, body image, parenting, eating disorders, and women’s health are some of the many issues we focus on. If there is a subject you feel we should address, we always welcome suggestions.

Is having a campus Women's Center still necessary?
Read this article for one argument on why Women's Centers are still relevant and important.

Page last modified June 27, 2013