Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Are men/gender queer people allowed at the Women’s Resources Center?

Yes! Unless otherwise noted, all of our programs and services, are open to all people. In fact, the WRC has many men who volunteer, especially in our peer educator program and intern program. We recognize that changing inequities involves all of us!

Why do we need a Women's Resources Center?

  • Because worldwide, more than half the population of women over the age of 15 cannot read or write.
  • Because according to the US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, 74% of completed and attempted sexual assaults against women were not reported to the police.
  • Because there are approximately 8 million people suffering from anorexia nervosa in the U.S.; 90% of them are women.
  • Because domestic violence is the leading cause of injury and death for women worldwide.
  • Because there is no country in the world where women's wages are equal to those of men.
  • Because women are discriminated against based on race, gender, sexuality, ability, religion, gender expression, income, etc. every day.
  • Because women's issues are everyone's issues!

What does the Women's Resources Center do?

At the Women’s Resources Center, we develop programs and services to try to meet the needs of women students at the University of Illinois. Our goal is to ensure women have every opportunity possible to have an equitable and enthusiastic journey as they strive towards their life goals!

Is the Women's Resources Center part of Gender & Women's Studies?

The Women's Resources Center (WRC) and the Gender & Women's Studies Program are two distinct campus units. The WRC is a programming unit with the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR) and, therefore, part of Student Affairs. Gender & Women's Studies is an academic unit within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) that provides classes, advising, and programs for students pursuing a minor, a major, undergraduate degree and graduate certificate. We often work very closely together to sponsor speakers, programs and events. Both of our units are also likely to challenge assumptions, oppression and social justice within our communities! So while we fulfill different roles on campus, we share an interest in exploring gender and women's issues and often work together to provide knowledge, skills and experiences for students, staff, faculty and community members. Learn more about Gender & Women's Studies.

How is the Women’s Resources Center connected with the other cultural centers on campus?

As a programming unit of Student Success, Inclusion & Belonging, the WRC works very closely in collaboration with the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center; Asian American Cultural Center; La Casa Cultural Latina; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center; Native American House; Diversity & Social Justice Education; and the International Education Program. We also work collaboratively with countless campus units, student organizations, and community agencies.

How can I become involved in the work of the women’s center?