Our Story

Marshall University’s Women’s Center was founded in 1976 by three female faculty members in response to women’s great and growing need to empower themselves. The Women’s Center has evolved from the modest facility in a storage closet to an integral part of Marshall campus life, now located with Student Services in Prichard House.

Mission

The Center strives to ensure a campus community in which women and men can live and work together in a mutually respectful and supportive environment where equality, responsibility, and personal empowerment are encouraged and fostered. Following a feminist model of empowerment, the Center works toward fostering, recognizing, and affirming the abilities, accomplishments, and potential of Marshall women. Through a variety of educational programs, culturally-diverse events, resource opportunities, and comprehensive support services, Marshall Women’s Center strives to address the needs of women of Marshall and the surrounding community.

Objectives

The Women’s Center is a proactive resource for meeting the needs of women students, faculty, and staff. Although departments throughout Marshall have the shared responsibility to address these needs, the Women’s Center provides a centralized location where Marshall women’s concerns can be voiced, dealt with directly, and/or referred to other resources with the University and local community.

Counseling To provide access to individual and group counseling to individuals on issues particularly related to someone, including sexual assault, eating disorders, abusive relationships, and self-esteem, among others. Contact the office for additional information about individual and group counseling opportunities.

Informational Resource To provide available informational materials on women’s topics or issues of concerns through the use of a lending library, resource files, and an audiovisual collection. The Center can provide informational pamphlets from local and national organizations that cover a variety of women’s issues.

Educational Programming To educate the Marshall community on personal, social and political issues and concerns of women by providing educational programming, on and off campus. Programs of particular interest are those related sexual assault, relationship violence, sex role stereotypes, eating disorders, sexual harassment, leadership styles, health, careers, self-esteem, etc. while many of these programs are facilitated by members of the Canter’s staff, the Center also invites speakers and performers to present throughout the year.

Support and Advocacy To advocate and support women students, faculty, and staff when necessary and to proactively advocate by working with the University to identify and remedy concerns of sexual harassment, institutionalized sexism, violence against women, and other conditions which can hinder women’s personal, academic, and professional development.

Services and Referrals To assist all those that seek services from the Center and to make appropriate referrals to other services within the University and/or agencies within the community.

Facilities

Women’s Center 143 Prichard Hall is available for lounging, studying, meeting and informally gathering. Couches, chairs and desks are available for use. A graduate assistant is generally in the office to offer information and support.

Resource Library 135/143 Prichard Hall is a lending library with a variety of books and magazines written by, for and about women and women’s issues. In addition, the Center has a collection of video tapes and DVDs on women’s issues which can be used for presentations and research projects. Lending of the resource library is in accordance with the Center’s policy.

Office The Coordinator’s office, 135 Prichard Hall, is housed within Student Development/Counseling Services on the first floor of Prichard Hall. The office and Center are open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.

Involvement If you would like to be added to the mailing list, volunteer for events, or help out in the Center, please contact us. We’ll be glad to incorporate you and your ideas into our programs. For information, contact Marshall Women’s Center at 304-696-3338 or e-mail us at wcenter@marshall.edu.