The Evolution of the Gender Program
The mission of Student Wellness is to provide programs and services that empower students to succeed both academically and personally. Because needs change over time, we periodically reassess our programs to insure that students are participating and receiving information relevant to their interests and needs. In 2007, a group met to discuss current needs and determined that both women and men could benefit from programming aimed at reducing violence and improving relationships.
In fact, it is crucial that men be actively involved in these issues. Therefore, to broaden the scope and increase participation, the Women’s Center has now become the Gender Program. The Gender Program is still administratively housed within the Counseling Center. With the establishment of the Advisory Committee on Gender Issues, which includes representatives from across campus, it is our hope to continue the work of providing ESU students with opportunities for enriching their lives and relationships.
Through partnership with SOS, sexual assault education, violence prevention programs and services are provided to the university campus. This office will continue to campaign for non-violence on our campus. The goal is to provide ESU students with peaceful ways to handle conflict and raise awareness regarding all types of violence, including dating violence as well as sexual assault.
We also promote programs to increase tolerance among students from different backgrounds, raise awareness of violence that is perpetrated against college women and advocate for the role that men must play in reducing violence against women and all groups that are frequently the victims of discrimination.