Women's Resource Center
The mission of the Cornell Women's Resource Center (WRC) is to foster a more vibrant campus community by supporting the full and active participation of women-identified students in both their personal and educational pursuits at Cornell. The WRC champions endeavors that support women's education, empowerment, and advancement at Cornell and beyond.
The WRC strives to be a welcoming space for people of all genders and identities. We especially encourage women of color, Black feminists/womanists, queer and trans folks, and people with disabilities to drop by, attend our programming, apply for co-sponsorships, and speak with us about your concerns.
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Meet the Team
Associate Dean of Students & Director, Women's Resource Center
Greta Kenney joined Cornell as the Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Women’s Resource Center in February of 2019. Greta is deeply committed to intersectional feminism, social justice, and equity. In her role, she creates programs, facilitates trainings and workshops, serves as a crisis manager and confidential resource, and advises student organizations.
Most recently, she was the Director of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, where she also taught courses in the Sociology and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Departments. Before her work in higher education, Greta worked as a gender-based violence case manager, advocate, and educator. Greta earned her B.A. in Sociology and Women’s Studies from the University of Connecticut and her M.Phil in Diversity Studies from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. She lives in Ithaca with her wife and step-son.
Assistant Director, Women's Resource Center
Shura Gat joined the Women’s Resource Center as Assistant Director in the Fall of 2017 and as Interim Director in July 2018. At Cornell, she previously served as the Director of Community Center Programs, the Interim Director of the LGBT Resource Center and as a Captionist in Student Disability Services. In all of her roles at Cornell, Shura has enjoyed engaging with students and colleagues on issues relating to intersectionality and the impact of social identities on individuals’ experiences. She continues this as part of the Women’s Resource Center, supporting students as they plan programs and events highlighting these perspectives.
Shura holds an M.A. in Critical Cultural Studies from the University of Iowa and a B.A. in Women’s Studies from Wellesley College. Her academic research has focused on the experiences of women who participate in martial arts and fighting sports. In addition to her work with students at Cornell, Shura’s commitment to individual transformation and wellbeing is expressed through her avocation as an energy medicine practitioner.
Funding & Sponsorship
Is your organization planning an event that is consistent with the mission of the Gender Justice Advocacy Center (GJAC) formerly known as the Women's Resource Center Executive Board? Are you looking for funding through the GJAC co-sponsorship fund? We would love to hear from you! Our application for funding can be found here.
Fall 2019 Application Submission Deadlines: September 13th, October 11th, November 8th
Fall 2019 Funding Decisions: September 24th, October 22nd, November 19th
Spring 2020 Application Submission Deadlines: February 7th, March 12th, April 10th
Spring 2019 Funding Decisions: February 18th, March 24th, April 21st
Co-sponsorship application requests will be reviewed three times per semester. Please contact us early if you have questions! We are not able to review co-sponsorship requests outside of these dates, so please plan accordingly with regard to your event timeline.
**All funding decisions are subject to the GJAC budget for co-sponsorship allocations and are made at the discretion of GJAC.**
Search Our Collection
The Women's Resource Center houses a comprehensive selection of books on such areas as: women’s history, feminist theory, gender and sexuality studies, sociology, political studies, biography and autobiography, anthropology, as well as fiction.
We are delighted to have over 1,200 books in our collection, available to anyone in the Cornell community to borrow—for coursework or personal edification! Books can be checked out when the Center is open; please see a student staffer or the Director for assistance.
Browse our collection of literature.
The story of the Women's Resource Center (WRC) is one filled with a dedication to education, awareness, activism, and change. At the center of it all has been a group of students, women and men, who have recognized the need for a space devoted to serving the needs of women students at Cornell. Although little has been chronicled over the years, it has been possible through a few remaining scrapbooks, slides, and other resources, to loosely trace the history of the WRC over the past twenty-five or so years.
The Women's Resource Center was started in the early 1970s as a student organization. At a time when political awareness was at the center of the Women's Movement, the WRC was active in sponsoring discussions and events on issues such as abortion, equal pay, racism, and women's health. A lending library, as well as, comprehensive directories of campus and community services was established.
In the mid 1990s the WRC surfaced once again, with a newly decorated office and a large staff of dedicated student volunteers. These volunteers worked many hours each week staffing the office so that visitors could access the services provided. These services included a lending library, lectures and events, community service opportunities and a chance to work on the WRC's literary magazine, Forword.
The WRC made great strides in moving into 21st century in the fall of 1998 when the first full-time director was hired, made possible by the support and funding of the Undergraduate Student Assembly. This two- year funding cycle allowed the WRC to further develop its services and programs, while working towards solidifying its position within the University.