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Frequently Asked Questions?!

Are males/men allowed at the Women’s Resources Center?

Almost all of our programs and services, with a few exceptions, are open to all genders. In fact, in the past year nearly half the participants in our programs were males. Additionally, the WRC has many male students who volunteer, especially in our FYCARE program as peer educators. We recognize that changing inequities involves all of us!

Why do we need a Women's Center?

  • Because worldwide, more than half the population of women over the age of 15 cannot read or write.
  • Because according to the US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, 74% of completed and attempted sexual assaults against females were not reported to the police.
  • Because there are approximately 8 million people suffering from anorexia nervosa in the U.S.; 90% of them are women.
  • Because domestic violence is the leading cause of injury and death for women worldwide.
  • Because, in the U.S., one in five women will be victims of rape in her lifetime. A woman is raped every 3 minutes.
  • Because there is no country in the world where women's wages are equal to those of men.
  • Because women are discriminated against based on race, gender, sexuality, ability, religion, gender expression, income, etc. every day.
  • Because women's issues are everyone's issues!

What does the women's center do?

At the women’s center we develop programs and services to try to meet the needs of women students at the University of Illinois. Our goal is to try to ensure women have every opportunity possible to have an equitable and enthusiastic journey as they strive towards their life goals!

Is the women's center part of Gender & Women's Studies?

The Women's Resources Center and the Gender & Women's Studies Program are two distinct campus units. The WRC is a programming unit with the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR) and, therefore, part of Student Affairs. Gender & Women's Studies is an academic unit within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) that provides classes, advising, and programs for students pursuing a minor, a major, undergraduate degree and graduate certificate. We often work very closely together to sponsor speakers, programs and events. Both of our units are also likely to challenge assumptions, oppression and social justice within our communities! So while we fulfill different roles on campus, we share an interest in exploring gender and women's issues and often work together to provide knowledge, skills and experiences for students, staff, faculty and community members. Learn more about Gender & Women's Studies here.

How is the Women’s Resources Center connected with the other cultural centers on campus?

As a programming unit of the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations, the WRC works very closely in collaboration with the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center; Asian American Cultural Center; La Casa Cultural Latina; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center; Native American House; Diversity & Social Justice Education; and the International Education Program. We also work collaboratively with countless campus units, student organizations, and community agencies.

How can I become involved in the work of the women’s center?

You can sign up for our weekly electronic newsletter by sending your name and email address to us, or call 217.333.3137. If you are interested in becoming a WRC volunteer or intern you can find more information here. Or if you would like to be a peer educator for our FYCARE program, learn more here.