The University of Cincinnati Women’s Center is one of the oldest continually operating university women’s centers in the United States. Since 1978, the center has worked to address student needs at UC. Established in 1978 as Women's Programs and Services, the office first served as a referral center for female students. The small, initial staff connected students and staff to resources and events that were off-campus.
Over the years, the center's staff grew and the office's programs and opportunities grew with it. In 1991, we expanded to include support and advocacy for gay students. Then, in 2004, we added women faculty and staff to our constituency by assuming responsibility for the Women’s Initiative Network. As we entered our fourth decade at UC, we embarked on the development of a strategic plan to sharpen our focus and prepare us to meet the demands of an ever more diverse university. We were guided by our mission, our collective values and by the mantra of the university’s strategic plan "to place students at the center." The current mission statement, vision and goals (stated below) are products of this energizing process.
Today we continue to offer a variety of programs and services. We are centrally located on UC's West Campus and provide a comfortable, informal space for students to meet, talk and study. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can help answer questions, locate resources and help address personal, academic or work-related concerns. Students can participate with our Peer Advocate program, build upon leadership and activism skills through our class offerings or take part in our social programs with their peers. Female student leaders are honored at the annual C-Ring event, held since 1922, to recognize UC’s outstanding senior women.
The Women’s Center is committed to evolving to meet the needs and interests of UC’s women students, staff and faculty.
UC Women's Center Mission Statement
To promote equitable and safe environments on campus for women through advocacy, research and education.
The Women’s Center will be integral to the University of Cincinnati’s efforts to create a diverse and inclusive learning environment for women students.
Goal 1: Increase and improve student safety in interpersonal relationships.
Goal 2: Identify and help eliminate institutional barriers that impede the full participation of women in the university.
Goal 3: Increase student activism in UC and beyond.
35th Anniversary Celebration
UCWC celebrated its 35th Anniversary in 2013 with a plethora of programming and events during Women's History Month and a Champagne Brunch to close the season in October.
UCWC is proud to share our work with the campus community as we continue to celebrate our history and look towards the future at the work still to be accomplished in the name of women's equality.
Read our 35th Anniversary Newsletter filled with messages from former directors, a timeline of significant events in UCWC history, and reflections from current UCWC students, staff, and volunteers!
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We've accomplished many things in our 35 years, but with your support, we can accomplish so much more. Consider donating to the UC Women's Center today!