Welcome to the Women's Educational Center!

The mission of the Women’s Educational Center is to support women and all students, staff, faculty, as well as community members, in their academic goals; to deepen and enrich awareness of and education about gender issues; and to oppose inequities and barriers imposed on women.

We envision a world in which people of all genders are equally valued and safe; confront no barriers related to economic, political, or social practice; and have equal opportunities to participate in transforming their communities.

We value:

Integrity

We treat all those we serve with dignity and respect and strive to create a safe space for women.

Education and Learning

We value education and learning as transformative processes.

Collaboration and Partnership

We collaborate with campus organizations, faculty, staff, students, community members and groups to meet the needs of women.

Advocacy

We practice care, empathy, recognition, and autonomy in advocacy efforts on behalf of women.

Social justice

We believe in transparency and feminist activism that works for the economic, political, and social equality of all people.

Upcoming Events

Women's Autobiographies Writing Group


Every Thursday through April 2015
Alvin D. Loving Lounge,  University Center
Please bring your own lunch.

During these lunch hour meetings we will spend 30 minutes writing about our memories. We will then spend 30 minutes sharing them and discussing the historical and collective contexts within which our memories and experiences emerge. Please feel welcome to join, especially if you have never written about your life before. By the end of the summer you will have collected several vignettes that you can even use to write your own memoir or autobiography.

Lunch and Learn Film Screening; Rape Myths on Trial

Monday, March 9

12 PM

WEC 213, UCEN

In this provocative presentation, Anne Munch, a career prosecutor and advocate for victims of gender violence, examines how cultural attitudes shape the outcomes of rape and sexual assault cases. Drawing on years of experience prosecuting sex crimes, Munch shows how rape cases often turn on the involvement of an "unnamed conspirator" -- the complex of myths and stories we tell ourselves as a culture about sex, gender, power, and responsibility. Using examples from real cases, and harrowing evidence from actual 911 calls, Munch reveals how the assumptions that juries bring into the courtroom often stack the odds against victims, and at the same time challenges us to think critically about how our own assumptions might unintentionally reinforce victim-blaming.

This event is co-sponsored by Student Government as a part of their Sexual Assault Awareness Week.

Lunch and Learn: No Job for a Woman

Wednesday, March 11

12 PM

213 UCEN

When World War II broke out, reporter Martha Gellhorn was so determined to get to the frontlines that she left husband Ernest Hemingway, never to be reunited. Ruth Cowan’s reporting was hampered by a bureau chief who refused to talk to her. Meanwhile, photojournalist Dickey Chappelle wanted to get so close to the action that she could feel bullets whizzing by. This award-winning documentary tells the colorful story of how these three tenacious war correspondents forged their now legendary reputations during the war—when battlefields were considered no place for a woman. 

Rape Culture

Tuesday, March 10, 2015|Guest Facilitator: Dr. Rushika Patel

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM| Breakfast will be served

Intercultural Center/1st Floor UCEN

Rape is amongst the worst things that a human being can do to another. Yet every day, we see examples of rape culture in music, movies, TV shows, on social media, and even in casual conversations with friends and family. During this dialogue participants will engage one another over the following questions: What are examples of rape culture? How has it affected our lives and relationships? What does it mean to be a bystander? What are different ways we resist and shift rape culture? 

Lunch and Learn Film Screening; Mountains That Take Wing

Monday, March 16

12 PM

WEC 213 UCEN

Thirteen years, two radical activist all-stars-one conversation. Internationally renowned scholar, professor and writer Angela Davis and 89-year-old grassroots organizer and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Yuri Kochiyama have spent over a decade conversing intimately about personal histories and influences that shaped them and their overlapping experiences. 

Lunch and Learn Film Screening; My Feminism

Monday, March 23

12 PM

WEC 213, UCEN

In an era of anti-feminist backlash, this articulate documentary by the makers of THANK GOD I'M A LESBIAN forcefully reminds us that the revolution continues. Powerful interviews with feminist leaders including bell hooks, Gloria Steinem, and Urvsahi Vaid are intercut with documentary sequences to engagingly explore the past and present status of the women's movement.

Saru Jayaraman: Behind the Kitchen Door Lecture

Tuesday, March 24

5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Michgan Rooms A-C, UCEN

How do restaurant workers live on some of the lowest wages in America? And how do poor working conditions discriminatory labor practices, exploitation, and unsanitary kitchens affect the meals that arrive at our restaurant tables? Saru Jayaraman, who launched the national restaurant workers' organization Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, sets out to answer these questions by following the lives of restaurant workers in New York City, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Miami, Detroit, and New Orleans.

Women Speaks

March 31, 2015
Kiva, UCEN
5:30 PM-7:30 PM
 

Take Back the Night

Tuesday, April 7

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Happenings Room, UCEN

Please join us To Take Back the Night and take a stand against sexual violence!  Events include a rally, speak out, and march.

Our International Community

Tuesday, April 7, 2015|Guest Facilitators: Ayana Ghosh , Nakshidil Saiden and Asinda Sirignano

7:30 PM – 9:00 PM| Dinner will be served

Intercultural Center/1st Floor UCEN

Our international population shares many of the same needs as domestic students; however, they also face restrictions unique to their enrollment such as their inability to work off campus. Are there ways in which the campus may support and uplift international students to ensure their Flint experience is meaningful?

Antonia Darder, Ph.D.

April 15, 2015

Dr. Antonia Darder is a distinguished international Freirian scholar. She holds the Leavey Presidential Endowed Chair of Ethics and Moral Leadership at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles and is Professor Emerita of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. Her scholarship focuses on issues of racism, political economy, social justice, and education. Her work critically engages the contributions of Paulo Freire to our understanding of inequalities in schools and society. 

Join the speakers for in-depth conversations at the Sullenger Dialogues prior to each luncheon 10:00 a.m. in the Michigan Rooms, Harding Mott University Center. These discussions are free and open to the public.

Reshma Saujani

April 22, 2015

Reshma Saujani is the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and prepare young women for jobs of the future. 

Join the speakers for in-depth conversations at the Sullenger Dialogues prior to each luncheon 10:00 a.m. in the Michigan Rooms, Harding Mott University Center. These discussions are free and open to the public.