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University and College Women’s and Gender Equity Centers

The Changing Landscape, 1st Edition

Edited by Brenda Bethman, Anitra Cottledge, Donna M. Bickford


170 pages

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University and College Women’s and Gender Equity Centers examines the new institutional contexts surrounding women’s centers. It looks at the possibilities for, as well as the challenges to, advocating for gender equity in higher education, and the ways in which women’s and gender equity centers contribute to and lead that work.

The book first describes the landscape of women’s centers in higher education and explores the structures within which the centers are situated. In doing so, the book shows the ways in which many women’s centers have expanded their work to include working with athletics, Greek life, men, transgender students, international students, student parents, veterans, etc. Contributions then delve into the profession of women’s center work itself, and ask how women’s center work has become "professionalized?" Threats and challenges to women’s and gender equity centers are also explored, as contributions look at how their expansion has helped or complicated the role of centers? The collection concludes by highlighting current successes and forward-thinking approaches in women’s centers and asking how gender equity centers can best prepare for the future?

Through narratives, case studies, and by offering strategies and best practice, University and College Women’s and Gender Equity Centers will engage emerging and existing equity centre professionals and women’s and gender studies faculty and students and help them to move the work of gender equity forward in the next decade.

Table of Contents


Donna Bickford

Chapter One: Positioning Campus Women’s and Gender Equity Centers for Success: Structural Issues and Trends

Jane Goettsch, Ann Linden, Cindy Vanzant, and Pattie Waugh

Chapter Two: Beyond Parties and PNMs: An Integrated Model for Women’s and Gender Centers and Sororities

Rita M. Jones

Chapter Three: Exploring the Relationships between Campus Women’s Centers and LGBTQ+ Centers and Initiatives

Jane Goettsch, Marci McCaulay, and Hannah Thompson

Chapter Four: Solidarity Is For All: Women’s Centers Serving Women of Color

Lysa Salsbury and Rebekah MillerMacPhee

Chapter Five: Late to the Game: The Politics of Opening a Women’s Center in 2015

Jessica Nare

Chapter Six: Where Do We Enter? How Do We Stay? The Role of Consciousness Raising in Developing Women’s Center Professionals

Kathleen Holgerson and Juli Parker

Chapter Seven: Experiences of Women’s Center Directors in Student Affairs

Colleen Riggle and Melanie DeMaeyer

Chapter Eight: On Trauma, Ambivalence, and Trying Too Hard

Susannah Bartlow

Chapter Nine: Putting Our Oxygen Masks On First: Women's and Gender Center Staff and Self-Care

Brenda Bethman and Anitra Cottledge

Chapter Ten: Seeking Relevance In an Age of Inequity: A Case Study of the Identity Struggle of One Women’s Center

Susan V. Iverson and Cassie Pegg-Kirby

Chapter Eleven: "Blue" Language in a Red State: Inclusive Sexuality Education in a Conservative Climate

Lysa Salsbury, Julia Keleher, Erin Chapman

Chapter Twelve: Ohio Women’s Centers’ Reflections on Evaluation & Assessment: Revisited

Nicole Carter, Lisa Rismiller, Amy J. Howton, Susanne B. Dietzel, and Kimberly A. Fulbright

Chapter Thirteen: Paying Homage to College and University Women’s Centers: Gender Justice Work in the Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Emelyn dela Peña, Purvi Patel, and Brittany Harris

Chapter Fourteen: Beyond the Label: Leveraging the Iconography of Feminist From Moments to Movements

Uyenthi Tran Myhre

Chapter Fifteen: The Personal and the Professional:  Intersectional Experiences in Gender Justice Work

Jessica Jennrich, Sharalle Arnold, and Allison Roman

Chapter Sixteen: Addressing and Dismantling Cisgenderism In Womxn’s Centers: Reframing Womxn’s Centers Work Toward an Intersectional Critical Trans Politic

Heather C. Lou

Chapter Seventeen: Vision to Action: Inside Out Strategic Planning

Karlyn Crowley, St. Norbert College

Chapter Eighteen: Setting a Transformative Agenda For the Next Era: Research On Women’s and Gender Centers

Raquel Wright-Mair and Susan B. Marine
















About the Editors

Brenda Bethman is the Director of the Women’s Center and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, USA. She also holds appointments as Affiliated Faculty in German and Coordinator of the General Education Program.

Anitra Cottledge is the Director of the Women's Center at the University of Minnesota (UMN), USA. Previously, she served as the Director of Communications in the UMN Office for Equity and Diversity and as the Assistant Director of the UMN Women’s Center for several years.

Donna M. Bickford is the Director of the Women’s and Gender Resource Center at Dickinson College in Carlisle, USA. Previously she served as Director of the Carolina Women’s Center and then Associate Director of the Office for Undergraduate Research at UNC-Chapel Hill, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies