Location & Hours

 

  • The Women and Gender Equity Resource Center (WGERC) is located on the second floor of the breezeway, above the food court.
  • The WGERC is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.

Mission

  • The mission of the Women and Gender Equity Resource Center (WGERC) is to advance gender equity, educate the campus community, and promote a safe and inclusive environment that supports student learning and development for all constituents facing gender-based oppression.
  • The mission is accomplished by providing referrals to services and resources that promote the success and well-being of students facing gender-based oppression; developing educational programs and services that are guided by best practices; advocating for an institutional culture that is free of gender-based oppression; and providing support that is culturally appropriate and relevant.

Vision

  • We envision a campus environment that actively promotes gender equity and allows every member of our community to achieve their full potential and contribute maximally to society.

Values

  • Respect
  • Safety
  • Integrity
  • Inclusivity
  • Collaboration

Staff

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Advocate

  • We advocate for gender equity on and off campus. We also promote, support, and expand prevention programs for gender-based harassment and discrimination for all types of students. We provide service-learning opportunities, internship and assistantship opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate students.

Educate & Inform

  • We provide information to FAU community. We provide educational materials on a variety of topics, as well as various workshops and programs throughout the school year to help promote our values and vision.

Connect

  • We connect students with resources including scholarship, research, and mentoring opportunities. The center is also open for student use. This includes a lactation room for students, faculty, and staff, a hot water area for tea, a lending library, and a place to come and relax with friends.

Collaborate

  • We collaborate with campus partners to promote student learning, development, persistence, and success. We also collaborate with our partners to promote an inclusive campus climate, free of discrimination, harassment, and other barriers to success.

Services

  • Lactation room for lactating students, faculty, and staff
  • Various programs covering gender equity topics
  • Lending library with literature available for students
  • Referrals for services and resources
  • An open space to gather and relax

What is gender equity

  • Gender equity means fairness of treatment for ALL genders, according to their respective needs. This may include equal treatment, or treatment that is different but which is considered equivalent in terms of rights, benefits, obligations, and opportunities.
  • Gender equality is the state of equal ease of access to resources and opportunities regardless of gender, including economic participation and decision-making; and the state of valuing different behaviors, aspirations and needs equally, regardless of gender.

Gender-based Oppression

  • All gender and sexual minorities can be affected by gender oppression. This comes in the form of sexism, heteronormativity, transphobia, etc.). Western culture is rooted in dominant male masculinity and submissive female femininity. Any sexual or expressive qualities outsides of those rigid gender norms (especially genders outside of the binary) can result in anything from alienation to violence from the dominant culture and institutions.
  • At the Women and Gender Equity Resource Center, we strive to facilitate a safe and supportive conversation that continues to normalize the new ways we are understanding gender and sexuality. Across socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, and religious groups, different forms and degrees of masculinity and femininity are expected, along with different understandings of gender and gender roles in themselves. We strive to acknowledge how all intersections overlap to create unique experiences, and can combine and intensify how systems of oppression can affect people.

Gender Pronouns

  • A pronoun is any word that can replace a noun or noun phrase (I, you, them). Gender pronouns refer specifically to people who are being talked about (he, she, him, his, her).
  • Here, we have an infographic to help learn and understand other gender pronouns you may not be used to. If you aren’t sure of how you should refer to someone, you can always ask!



Gender-based Oppression

  • Trans Student Education Resources (TSER) defines the gender binary as "A system of viewing gender as consisting solely of two, opposite categories, termed 'male and female', in which no other possibilities for gender or anatomy are believed to exist."
  • The gender binary creates a system of two opposing genders: Male/masculine and female/feminine. Associated with these two genders are sexuality, gender identity, and gender roles. All of these factors are often assumed about people who fall on either side of the binary. Not only does this create pressure for people to perform as a specific gender, with a specific identity and roles, but it leaves out people who may not fit within a narrow category.
  • By understanding gender as a spectrum, as opposed to a binary, we can be more inclusive and allow individuals to be themselves, instead of portraying a gender or role that they may not be comfortable with, but that society deems appropriate.
 Last Modified 10/17/17