Women's Center

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Mission and Vision

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Mission

In support of the Division of Student Affairs' Mission, the Women's Center invites women to find voice, develop skills for transformation and understand who they are called to be.

Vision

The USD Women's Center empowers women to engage as leaders in a diverse and changing world. We are a student-centered learning community that provides resources and engages women and men in educational dialogue around gender-related issues. We are an advocate for a safe, supportive campus environment that creates equity among all voices.

Core Strategies

Our core strategies are the primary means and methods we will use to guide the USD Women's Center from today to our vision for 2014.

  • Social Justice - With Catholic Social Thought as a foundation, we advance social justice principles and provide a range of experiential opportunities through involvement in campus, local and global actions aimed at improving the lives of women (CAS Standards).
  • Leadership Development - We create opportunities for students to explore the role of empowerment within leadership and how gender enhances their role as leaders within the communities of which they are a part.
  • Education - In partnership with faculty, staff and students, we provide educational opportunities that raise awareness and engage the community in dialogue around the historical, institutional, and structural oppression of women, as well as celebrate their accomplishments and advancements toward equality. Programs highlight the ways in which gender bias intersects with racism, classism, and homophobia, and provide instruction and opportunity for action. (CAS Standards).
  • Wellness/Counseling/Health - In collaboration with various campus departments, we raise awareness and provide information and referrals about issues disproportionately impacting women, (such as disordered eating, sexual assault, relationship violence, and body image). We work with students, faculty and staff to address these issues at both individual and community levels.
  • Safety - We continually assess the campus climate for women and other constituents and advocate for their physical, emotional, and mental safety. We engage in activities and practices that create safety, respect, and trust (OOC@USD principles).
  • Community - We create opportunities for women and men to explore their multiple identities (e.g., gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability, religion, class) through a feminist lens. We encourage the development of intrapersonal and interpersonal skills in an effort to build community amongst women at campus, local, and global levels.