Why do we need a Women’s Center?
- Because feminism did not go out of style with bell bottoms- women still make an average of 78 cents on a man’s dollar for doing the same exact work, and many of us know that double standards for men and women are rampant. The Women’s Center promotes equality and partners frequently with G.E.A.R. (Gender Equality through activism and Revolution) and Ebony Women for Social Change.
- Because of one’s culture, ethnicity, or the color of their skin they are a part of specific stereotypes and representations here in the United States. The Women’s Center works to bring a variety of programs which show an appreciation for ethnicity and culture. The Women’s Center also works towards combating issues from a racialized history and marginalization towards oppressed subgroups.
- Because according to the U.S. Department of Justice, 3% of women on college campuses are sexually assaulted each year. At Ramapo College, this translates to approximately 65 women each year. The Women’s Center runs a free, confidential 24 hour hotline for survivors of sexual assault: just call extension 7222 for help.
- Because individuals of the LGBTQI community are marginalized, discriminated against, and denied the right to the pursuit of happiness as stated in the U.S. Constitution. The Queer Peer Services Coordinator hosts a weekly group for individuals apart of the Queer Community and Allies to VENT (Very Empowering Nighttime Talking). Along with Queer History Month and a variety of other programming throughout the year, we also have our Queer Peer Services Coordinator who can be reached at x. 7468.
- Because diversity cannot just be tolerated, the Women’s Center works towards celebrating all aspects of diversity found both at Ramapo College and outside the Ramapo College Community. Through the celebration of these differences are events from Queer History Month, and Women’s Herstory Month; as well as collaborations with Disability Awareness Month, Latino Heritage Celebration, and Asian Pacific Islander Month. The Women’s Center also offers a “Defining Diversity” workshop because understanding diversity is just as important as celebrating it! The Graduate Assistant for Equity and Diversity Programs can be reached at x.7487.
- Because of YOU! Come stop by the Women’s Center in C-220 and tell us what issues are important to you on our campus.