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Gender Equity Center

What is the Gender Equity Center?

The Gender Equity Center offers a safe and welcoming space that endorses a non-judgmental and supportive atmosphere. The Gender Equity Center Coordinator is available to talk one-on-one with students seeking support, assistance, and referrals to outside agencies. We offer support services and referrals for survivors of sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, gender-based violence, and acts of bias based on sexual orientation.

Our lounge is a relaxing environment to stop in to check your e-mail, read, join a discussion group, pick up free safe-sex supplies, or just relax. The center provides education, awareness, and prevention programs on issues pertaining to sexual assault, stalking, intimate partner violence, LGBT- and gender-related issues, as well as a number of other topics.


What is Gender Equity?

Gender Equity is the process of being fair to women, men, and others without any discrimination on the basis of sex or gender, and addressing any imbalances in the benefits available. Gender equity does not imply that women, men, or others are the same, but that they have equal value and should be accorded equal treatment.

What is sexual assault? Sexual assault consists of a range of behaviors from sexual intercourse to sexual contact without the presence of consent.

What is stalking? Stalking is a pattern of behavior that makes you feel afraid, nervous, harassed, or in danger. It is when someone repeatedly contacts you, follows you, sends you things, talks to you when you don’t want them to, or threatens you.

What Is intimate partner violence? Intimate partner violence is a pattern of coercive and controlling behavior. It is a pervasive, life-threatening crime that can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, economic status, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or education.

What Is LGBT?
LGBT… is an acronym for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender

  • Lesbian: Women attracted to women.
  • Gay: Men attracted to men.
  • Bisexual (also Bi): A person who is attracted to two sexes or two genders.
  • Transgender: People whose psychological self differs from the social expectations for the physical sex they were born with. To understand this, one must understand the difference between biological sex and social gender.

What is Title IX?

Title IX is a federal civil right that prohibits sex discrimination in education.
Incidents that are covered by Title IX are sex-based discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual violence, including attempted or completed rape or sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, voyeurism, exhibitionism, verbal or physical sexuality-based threats or abuse, and intimate partner violence.

What is the Clery Act?

The Clery Act is the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. All public and private institutions of post-secondary education participating in federal student aid programs are subject to it. Crimes that are covered by the Clery Act are sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, hate crimes (whether actual or perceived, including race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin, and disability), murder, manslaughter, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, and arson.

Lounge for Nursing Mothers

Students, faculty, staff, and visitors who are breastfeeding are invited to utilize a clean, private lactation room. A refrigerator and sink are available for your convenience. Reservations are encouraged but not necessary.

For more information on the Gender Equity Center or the Lounge for Nursing Mothers, please contact the Counseling & Wellness Center at 203-285-2480, , or stop by N111.

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