Get Involved with the Women's Resource Center
There are a variety of ways to get involved with the Women's Resource Center (WRC), with as much or as little time commitment as you'd like. Students can join the Center as volunteers at any point in the year! Volunteers help to staff the Center, work on on-going projects, and are the heart and soul of our community. Undergraduates and graduate students can also apply for a position on the Executive Board. Individual projects are also available for those with special interests.
Help Produce Programs & Events
The WRC sponsors many programs and events throughout the academic year—from finding internships, to discussing issues of safety on campus, to examining intersectionality. We offer a variety of workshops throughout the year. Other programs the WRC holds or co-sponsors include International Women's Day, Love Your Body Day, The Vagina Monologues, Feminism: Food for Thought, and Take Back the Night.
And, of course, we invite you to stop by the Center for free snacks and coffee, tea, and hot chocolate and a welcoming study/relaxation space. Free condoms, lubricant, dental dams and tampons and pads are available whenever the Center is open.
For Staff and Faculty
Looking for a place to share your interests and/or expertise? The WRC is always looking for interested staff and faculty to participate in programs and events.
We are currently in the process of trying to piece together the history of the WRC and are searching for those alums who have been part of our rich past. If you or someone you know has been involved with the WRC we would love to hear from you. The WRC also relies on the generosity of our alums to help support our activities.
Please contact Shura Gat if you are interested in getting involved with the Women's Resource Center. Or feel free to visit us at in 209 Willard Straight Hall, Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (or by appointment).
Want to end sexism and promote equality? Make a difference on campus? Join a group of energetic people who are committed to women's issues and feminism at Cornell! The Center was founded by students over 35 years ago and today is going strong, with an active student Board and full time Director and Assistant Director.
The Executive Board welcomes participation from people of all races, sexualities, genders, classes, and feminisms! Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply.
The mission of the 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. By providing a centralized location for information, resources and referral, support, educational programming and outreach, the WRC hopes to create discussion and awareness of issues pertinent to the lives of women, including topics such as body image, violence against women, and the right to reproductive choice. The WRC seeks to create a safe and supportive environment for all students. Explore this site further for an overview of our work and examples of our programs.
The Executive Board
The purpose of the Executive Board (E-board) is to provide support for the WRC in fulfilling its mission. The E-board performs the following functions:
- Plans and coordinates year-round WRC programs, events, and projects.
- Recruits, supports, and leads an active WRC General Body (G-body).
- Facilitates weekly meetings and leads G-body Committees.
- Collaborates with Cornell and Ithaca community members outside of the WRC.
- Helps oversee the WRC budget and allocates co-sponsorship program funds.
- Supports the Director in carrying out the mission of the WRC.
- Guides the vision of the WRC.
Mandatory E-board Commitment
- Attend all weekly meetings throughout the school year. Meetings are Tuesdays from 4:30-6:00 pm.
- Coordinate agenda and facilitate at least one weekly meeting per semester.
- Take minutes for at least one weekly meeting per semester.
- Lead a G-body Committee, on an area of your choice, focused on program planning, outreach, and/or advocacy campaigns.
- Must facilitate at least one Feminism: Food for Thought program each semester.
- Attend weekend retreats in early September and February.
- Volunteer 2 hours per week at the WRC.
- Attend at least 3 WRC sponsored or cosponsored events per semester and write up a short report on each program/event.
- Stay in regular communication with other members of the E-board via email, meetings, and other forms of communication.
General Body Information
The Executive Board is charged with developing a platform in which members of the Cornell Community are able to engage with issues addressed in the WRC mission. At times this has taken the form of a G-Body, however this structure can change over time. The General Body members assist with the daily functioning of the Center, help execute WRC programs and events, and are an integral part of the Center. In order to function well and accomplish its goals, the WRC E-board must be kept to a relatively small group. This means that our process for accepting new E-board members is selective. If the E-board commitment is too much, or it you are not selected to be on the E-board, the WRC welcomes you to become a G-body Member! More information on G-body membership will be provided at the beginning of the fall 2016 semester. We strive to include a diversity of ideas, perspectives and voices through our G-body.
The Executive Board selection process is now open for 2018-19. Download the application. Applications are due by April 30, 2018 at 11:59pm. Late applications will not be accepted.
What is the need for a women's resource center?
Since the 1970s, university women's centers have been responding to inequities experienced by women in and out of the classroom. Women's centers serve as a centralized campus location where students, staff, and faculty can access information and address a multitude of women's issues and concerns. Today, women's centers provide the university community a chance to actively take part in identifying and addressing current women's and gender related issues, working on climate and policy issues, and creating a wide array of educational programming.Cornell University has had a strong history of providing a quality coeducational experience for women and men alike. We were one of the first universities in the Northeast to admit women, one of the first to have a Women's Studies Program, and one of the first to engage in an assessment of the climate for women in 1973. However, women in higher education continue to have a "gendered" educational experience—whether it be issues of sexual harassment or sexual assault, absence of role models and mentors, safety or childcare. As a student organization the WRC provides resources, information, and referral; educational programming, and advocacy and support in order to foster a more vibrant campus community by supporting the full and active participation of women students in both their personal and educational pursuits.
How does the WRC work with the Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program?
The WRC has a strong connection with the Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program. The WRC provides a multitude of resources, activities and opportunities for FGSS students and faculty. For students pursuing a FGSS Undergraduate Minor, Undergraduate Concentration, or Graduate Minor, the WRC allows a place for theory and praxis to merge through experiential learning, activism, and community service opportunities. To find out more about the Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program call (607) 255-6480.
What are some reasons why someone would visit the Women's Resource Center?
There are many reasons why someone would visit the Women's Resource Center. Here are a few:
- To browse our brochure and handout collection. Looking for information on dating, stress, health, sexual harassment, or on the many local agencies in Tompkins County? We have the resources and staff to help.
- Because we have a great lending library. Over 1,200 books, cool magazines and topical files. Whether writing a paper or reading for pleasure, be sure to check us out.
- To get involved in a community service project that serves women in our community. This year we held a variety of fund raisers to support the Advocacy Center in Ithaca, which provides prevention education and support services to those affected by sexual or domestic violence in Tompkins County.
- To meet new people with interesting opinions, diverse experiences, and a common vision—a safe and welcoming community where all people are valued!
What do you want to do this year?
- So you can find out what's going on. We have a great weekly calendar of events. Each week women-focused events, scholarships, and volunteer opportunities are highlighted. Subscribe now—send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org in the body of the message write: subscribe CWRC-L yourfirstname yourlastname
- To volunteer for the center. The WRC is always looking for volunteers to plan programs, staff the office, or just hang fliers. Get back to your Rosie the Riveter roots and say "We Can Do It!"
- Hang out, read a magazine, take a break from studying, grab lunch or just escape. We might not have a huge office but there is always room for a friend. And our candy bowl is legendary.
- Attend a WRC program or workshop. Learn about women's issues in other countries through our International Women's Day programming. Discuss current events over dinner with some friends at our Feminism: Food for Thought weekly dinner. Help dismantle the media's messages about beauty (that it only looks like one thing) at our annual Love Your Body Day program.
- You'll get to meet other people from across campus who are interested in women's issues. Here's your chance to make friends, meet cool people, be an activist or an advocate or an observer—you're always welcome.
- Learn how to be an agent for change. After all, this campus is your home. If you want to work on improving the climate for women, changing a policy, or raising awareness, we'd be happy to help you get started.
- Apply to be on our Executive Board. This is a great way to have a say in the future of the center. Applications are accepted in April with new members starting the following fall.
How can I become involved?
Here are just a few of the ways in which you can become involved with the WRC:
- Become a WRC volunteer
- Subscribe to the WRC listserv
- Help develop, design, and deliver programs and events
- Attend WRC sponsored and co-sponsored events
- Visit the lending library
- Organize a fundraiser or community service project
- Apply to the WRC Executive Board
- Act as a liaison between the WRC and other organizations that you are involved with
- Study, hang out, join us for lunch, or browse through our resources
- Help staff the office
- Assist with tabling, chalking, and hanging fliers--in other words, help us spread the word!
Can men and other people who do not identify as women become involved in the Women's Resource Center?
Yes! Men can be and are involved with the Women's Resource Center. People of all genders, may utilize our resources and services, attend our programs, participate in community service activities, support our efforts, and join our E-board.
Here are a few other reasons why men might visit the Women's Resource Center:
- To check out a book from our lending library to help with a research project or term paper. (Did you know we have over 1200 books in our library? And it's searchable on our website.)
- To browse our brochure and handout collection. (Looking for information on healthy dating, helping a friend in crisis, or on the many local agencies in Tompkins County? We have the resources and staff to help out!)
- To get involved in a community service project-walk for breast cancer research in honor of your someone you love or raise money for violence against women prevention. (Better yet, we'll help you plan your own project!)
- To subscribe to the WRC listserv-where you can find out about campus-wide programs and events. (Our weekly calendar highlights many women and gender focused events each week!)
- To schedule a presentation for your organization, residence hall, or fraternity on any number of interesting issues.
- To access information, resources, or referral for a woman in your life who may need some support.
- To find out how you can be an ally to women on campus.
- Apply to be on our Executive Board.
Programs & Events
Programs, workshops, recurring events, annual events, performances...we've got it all! If you know of anything we might be interested in don't hesitate to contact us.
Board Members and Volunteers: To propose a program or event for the WRC to consider sponsoring, please use the internal program proposal form.
Consent Ed is a peer-to-peer education program that engages Cornell women in conversations about sex, consent, and social responsibility. Trained facilitators teach skills and provide information to help others intervene in situations where an individual's well-being may be at risk due to consent being an issue. Consent Ed believes that all individuals deserve to have bodily autonomy, the right to say "no" to any kind of sexual activity, and that an enthusiastic and freely-given YES should be sought and given in every encounter.
Feminism: Food for Thought
Feminism: Food for Thought is a weekly series run by the Women's Resource Center that invites student organizations from around the Cornell campus to host an informal discussion about a particular issue, which is then examined through an intersectional lens. Discussions are open to the entire Cornell community and take place every Thursday at 6:00 pm in Flora Rose House common room (next to the dining room) during the academic year.
All are welcome to join the conversation! Meal swipes are available if you do not have a meal plan.
Love Your Body Day
Visit the WRC's table on Ho Plaza for Love Your Body Day (mid-October every year) for free goodies and to celebrate bodies of all shapes and sizes. We also sponsor events such as film screenings, speakers and discussions to engage our community around body image, a culture of perfection, and critiques of the media's insistence that there is only one beauty ideal.
The Vagina Monologues
Every year the WRC directs a performance of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues. If you are interested in being involved with the production with publicity, tabling, vagina pop making or ushering, contact Shura Gat.
Planned Parenthood Generation Action is an organization dedicated to securing reproductive justice for all. We're mobilizing to fight for education, healthcare, and access. Are you ready to take action? Get involved. Meetings are held on Mondays at 4:30 pm in Goldwin Smith Hall room 142 during the academic year. All are welcome!