The DePaul Women's Center was established in 1995 to provide a supportive environment for women students, staff, faculty and administrators. The Center's first Director was Dr. Harvette Grey (1995-1999) followed by Elsa Saeta (1999-2017), and now Dr. Ann Russo (2017-present).
The Women's Center provides a space for rest and rejuvenation from the everyday stresses of work and school as well as reflecting, reading, writing, collaborating and connecting with others. We hope to help build a community students, faculty, and staff at DePaul committed to creating, sharing, and strategizing around intersectional, coalitional, transnational, queer, transgender, antiracist, and feminist theories, research, activism, and movement building.
Mindful of the foundations laid in the past, the Center continues to evolve—
re-defining its role within the University as the needs of our community shift and change.
The Women's Center also acknowledges that we are guests on this land, the
traditional homelands of the Three Fires Confederacy: Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi;
and also the Myaamia, Inoka, Ho-Chunk, and Menominee. We offer our respect
and gratitude to the many original peoples that still reside here.
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Supporting Resilience. We provide space for rest, relaxation, and nourishment amid the daily stresses of life at DePaul and beyond.
Resources and Services. We provide support in assisting students, staff, and faculty to access the resources, services, and information they need to address the issues that face them.
Writing and Creative Arts. We create space to foster people's writing, creativity, and self-expression.
Cultivating Critical Consciousness. We offer programs that build awareness of how people are differentially impacted and implicated within interlocking systems of oppression and privilege.
Building Community. We offer opportunities for people to build relationships and community across our differences, and the power lines that distort them.
Social Responsibility and Leadership. We offer opportunities for people to gain the critical consciousness, knowledge, and skills that foster responsibility and leadership for social change.
Strategy and Action. We offer spaces for people to collectively imagine, practice, engage, and join in creating social change and transformation within DePaul, Chicago, and in the larger world.
Coalition and Alliance. We seek to engage in dialogues and build alliances with departments and programs at DePaul as well as with local, national, and transnational groups committed to progressive social change.
Education and Advocacy. We seek to play a visible educational and advocacy role around gender and other social justice issues within DePaul and the larger Chicago metropolitan area.