Women and Gender equity means every one of ALL genders having access to the resources and support they need to achieve success. Access to menstrual products, lactation spaces, and gender affirming health care are all examples of what gender equity looks like at FAU. The Women and Gender Equity Resource Center helps connect students with the services they need in order to do their best! Click on the tabs below to learn more about what gender equity is and what the center provides to FAU students.

  • 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 the FAU community. This includes educational materials on a variety of topics, as well as workshops and programs throughout the school year that 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 connect with friends.
  • Collaborate : We collaborate with campus partners to promote student learning, development, persistence, and success. These collaborations promote an inclusive campus climate, free of discrimination, harassment, and other barriers to success.

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 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 Binary

  • 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.

Florida Atlantic University and Owls Care Health Promotion in no way endorses the following resources. These lists are not intended to be comprehensive and will be periodically updated in order to best serve the FAU community.


Scholarships for Women at FAU

The following is a list of student scholarships directed towards  the success of women at Florida Atlantic University.
For more information on how to apply to the following scholarships, please visit: http://www.fau.edu/finaid/types-of-aid/scholarships.php#fau  

  • American Association of University Women (AAUW) Scholarship Scholarships are awarded each year to women entering their third or fourth year of college in the coming year. A 3.0 GPA or higher is required
  • Broward Women's Alliance (BWA) Scholarship This scholarship is to benefit women who need support and encouragement for professional development through education. The applicants must be enrolled in a degree-seeking or certificate program at a fully accredited school or college. Applicants must also be a resident of Broward County.
  • Business and Professional Women’s Scholarship House The FAU Business and Professional Women s Scholarship House (BPWSH) was established to provide campus housing for women with strong academic promise and substantial outside financial assistance in order to attend FAU. The BPWSH is a cooperative living/learning facility where 16 women share leadership experience, develop life skills, and community responsibilities.
  • Grace Fait Asian Women Educational Assistance Scholarship This scholarship is awarded with preference given to a female of Asian descent. Recipient must have a minimum GPA of 3.5, be in good standing at FAU, and have demonstrated financial need. A completed FAFSA is required to be considered for this scholarship.
  • Katherine Dexter Treadwell Memorial Scholarship in Counselor Education Graduate students in the College of Education pursuing a master's degree in Counselor Education. Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Preference will be given to female students.
  • Mildred Kytlica Scholarship Fund Provides financial support to individuals who are pursuing a degree in the College of Education with preference to female education majors. Recipients must be admitted and matriculated to the College of Education in good standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Sean and Tanya Davis Scholarship Awarded to a female African American accounting student with an overall 3.0 GPA or higher. *Student must have demonstrated financial need verified through the Student Financial Aid Office.
  • ZONTA of Greater Deerfield Doctoral student(s) in Higher Education Leadership. Student applicants must submit evidence of approved dissertation topic related to girls and women leaders and/or in females in non-traditional fields. Must also demonstrate financial need and preferably reside in Broward County.


Additional State and National Resources for Women

The following is a list of websites—organized by field—to scholarships, grants, and fellowships dedicated to women students at varying levels of their education.

Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology
  • Admiral Grace Murray Hopper Scholarships Scholarships awarded to women planning to study engineering, technology, or computing in the upcoming academic year; student must be planning to attend full time (exceptions are made for reentry and non-traditional applicants).
  • Amelia Earhart Fellowship Fellowship is awarded annually to women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering.
  • Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship Female graduate or undergraduate students with a passion for computing and technology; academic achievement is heavily considered.
  • Anne Maureen Whitney Barrow Memorial Scholarship Scholarship awarded to a woman who is a sophomore, junior or senior students in any engineering major; must be planning to attend full time (exceptions are made for reentry and non-traditional applicants).  
  • AOE National Scholarships Women enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate engineering or technical science degree. The applicant must be in at least her sophomore year if an undergraduate.
  • Auxiliary Legacy Scholarship An undergraduate woman in her junior year of a four-year engineering program accredited by ABET.
  • Interek Scholarship Women studying engineering at either the undergraduate or graduate level. The award also includes an internship component.
  • LGS Innovations Scholarship College juniors, seniors, or graduate-level students pursuing a STEM degree. 
  • Lillian Moller Gilbreth Scholarship All SWE scholarships are open only to women majoring in engineering or computer science.
  • Olive Lynn Salembier Scholarship Eligibility is restricted to women who have been out of the engineering job market as well as out of school for a minimum of two years prior to reentry.  Recipient may be entering any undergraduate or graduate year, including doctoral programs, as full or part time students. 
  • Palantir Scholarship for Women in Engineering Women studying technology, computer science and engineering.
  • Society of Women Engineers Scholarships are open to applicants enrolled in or have been accepted to baccalaureate or graduate engineering or computer science programs.
  • SWISS Scholarship Female bachelor’s and master’s degree students studying in fields related to information technology. 
Science, Medicine, and Health Care
  Mathematics and Statistics
  • Alice T. Schafer Mathematics Prize All members of the mathematical community are welcome to submit nominations for the prize. Nominees must be female undergraduate students and U.S. citizens.
  • American Statistical Association's Gertrude M. Cox Scholarship Female graduate students enrolled in a statistics program.
  • Horizons Scholarship Female students in either a graduate program or in at least their junior year of their undergraduate career, be in financial need, be enrolled in a mathematics or STEM-related degree, and show an interest in pursuing a career related to defense or national security. 
  • P.E.O. Star Scholarship A female undergraduate student in her final year of study within a mathematics degree program.
Accounting, Business, and marketing
Teaching and Education
Arts, Humanities, and Social Science
Additional Scholarships, Fellowships, and Grants


  • Educational programs covering gender equity topics
  • Individual consultations: resource referrals and personalized education on gender
  • Workshops by request: on any women and gender related topic
  • Open discussion hours: learn about a new topic every Tuesday from 1-2 p.m.!
  • Lactation room for lactating students, faculty, and staff
  • Lending library with gender-themed literature available for students
  • Emergency menstrual products and pregnancy tests
  • An open space to gather and connect
  • The Body Project: a body acceptance program


Full Calendar Events
***Weekly Discussions***
Every Tuesday 1 - 2 p.m.
Women and Gender Equity Resource Center, Bldg. SS-8

January 2019

Event Date Time Location Campus
Period Party Thursday, Jan. 24 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Residence Hall Jupiter campus
Period Party Wednesday, Jan. 30 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Diversity Way Boca Raton campus

February 2019

Event Date Time Location Campus
Trans Health Day Wednesday, Feb. 6 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Diversity Way Boca Raton campus

March 2019 - Women's History Month

Event Date Time Location Campus
Herstory: Celebrate trans women throughout history! Tuesday, March 12 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Diversity Way Boca Raton campus
4th Annual Women's Leadership Institute Friday, March 15 ALL Day TBD Boca Raton campus
Financial Health for Women Thursday, March 28 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Diversity Way Boca Raton campus
View Full Schedule

April 2019

Event Date Time Location Campus
Gender Leadership for Men Wednesday, April 17 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Diversity Way Boca Raton campus

Women’s Inspiration and Leadership League (WILL)


Upcoming EventsWomen’s Inspiration and Leadership League (WILL) works to empower women faculty and staff by providing opportunities to interact across the university hierarchy through professional and personal development programming.


To build a thriving community of professional women at FAU.

Core Values
    • EnrichmentBy bringing women together, we seek to build a foundation for valuable relationships, to enrich the FAU work experience, and to create opportunities to champion issues that directly affect women at FAU.

    • DiversityWe believe that true growth comes from being surrounded by diverse individuals. With that in mind, we work to bring together FAU women regardless of title, department, ethnicity, religion, sexual identity, gender expression, age or disability to celebrate and learn from one another.

  • Leadership EducationThrough professional development and mentoring, we are focused on inspiring, nurturing and propelling women into leadership roles

Upcoming Events

Every 2nd Thursday of the month we will hold Lunch and Learns from 12-1pm in Owls Care Health Promotion Classroom SS-222.

Meet new colleagues, hear from inspiring women in leadership roles and grow professionally! While our events are tailored towards women, they are open to all faculty and staff.

For more information, please contact Jill Rubin at rubinj2014@health.fau.edu.

Association of Women in Science

The Association of Women in Science (AWIS) is a national organization that champions the interests of women in science, technology engineering, and mathematics across all disciplines and employment sectors.

The mission and goals of the FAU AWIS Taskforce on Diversity are:

  1. To establish an AWIS Chapter at FAU.
  2. To promote diversity amongst faculty, staff and students with respect to gender, race and ethnic background.
  3. To promote women in careers in which they are underrepresented, especially in STEM and STEM-related areas.
  4. To investigate funding opportunities and initiate activities to accelerate the accomplishment of the above goals at FAU.

National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE

Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers (ADVANCE) Florida Atlantic University's ADVANCE Institutional Transformation-Catalyst (IT-Catalyst) program seeks to conduct self-assessment activities, such as basic data collection and analysis and the review of relevant policies and procedures, to provide the foundation necessary to undertake institutional transformation.

The goal of the National Science foundation’s (NSF) ADVANCE program is to increase the representation and advancement of women and underrepresented minorities (URMs) in academic science and engineering careers, thereby developing a more diverse science and engineering workforce.

NSF ADVANCE is promoting a resource that is available to all graduate students and faculty through the Center for Faculty Diversity and Development. Members benefit from the online training programs and resources available that are aimed at improving work-life balance. FAU has an institutional membership for the next academic year; graduate students and faculty must register in order to access these benefits. Additionally for consistency please have the WILL tab read “Women’s Inspiration and Leadership League (WILL)” and the AWIS tab read “Association of Women in Science (AWIS)”.

Scholarships for Women at FAU

Women’s Student Organizations

At the Women and Gender Equity Resource Center, we strive to foster a campus culture of inclusion and equity. Our Women and Gender Equity Center Student Assistants help facilitate this by welcoming other students into the space, assisting them in locating the resources they need, and empowering students of all genders by enabling open conversations about gender inequality.

2020-2021 Student Staff

Ana Ramos
Ana Ramos
Student Assistant

Nimisha Rajendran
Nimisha Rajendran
Student Assistant

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