Center for Women and Gender Equity
Since our founding in 1998, the Center for Women and Gender Equity (CWGE) – formerly the BGSU Women’s Center – has worked continuously to address issues affecting women on campus by providing access to resources, integrating conversations on gender into BGSU’s campus culture, and advocating for full gender equity by working to remove barriers that inhibit full participation in the University community on the basis of gender or sex.
With our name change in 2018, we have rededicated ourselves to serving people of all genders and continue to examine the intersections of race, class, sexual orientation, class, disability, and other identities with gender and sex.
The Center regularly hosts events for students, faculty, staff, and community members, including Faculty Research Seminar Lunches, Work Smart salary negotiation workshops, and the annual Women of Color Leadership Summit - check out our Events & Programs page for more information! We are proud of our partnerships with other campus offices, student organizations, and community partners such as Marvin Center for Student Leadership, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, Graduate Women’s Caucus, International Programs and Partnerships, The Cocoon, Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, American Association of University Women, and more!
We also house the Center for Violence Prevention and Education (CVPE), born out of a partnership with the Wellness Connection. The CVPE works to engage men on campus in conversations about healthy masculinities and provide bystander intervention and violence prevention education to the entire campus community through nationally recognized program The Green Dot Strategy, in order to achieve a BGSU that is free of power-based violence.
CWGE is excited to be a leader in programming around gender, an advocate for everyone on campus experiencing inequities, and a resource center to help connect students, staff, and faculty with the support they need. Stop by Hayes 280 to visit us and be sure to sign up for our mailing list to keep up-to-date on all that's happening with the Center!
If you or someone you know has experienced domestic violence, dating violence, or sexual assault, contact the RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.HOPE (4673) or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800.799.7233 for 24/7 confidential support year-round. CWGE also houses a part-time Sexual Violence Advocate from The Cocoon - to reach an advocate 24/7 please call 419.373.1730 (press option #2 at prompt). BGSU students, staff, and faculty members may also contact the Office of Title IX at BGSU to file a report and learn more about options and local resources - note that while information will be handled with sensitivity, full confidentiality cannot be maintained through the course of a Title IX investigation.