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About

The UCSD Women's Center is a space in which people work collaboratively to foster the educational, professional, and personal development of diverse groups of women. The Center provides education and support to all members of UCSD regarding gender issues, with the goal of promoting an inclusive and equitable campus community.

Our Resources

  • Space to meet, learn, and grow
  • Educational programs to enrich your UCSD experience
  • Information and referrals
  • Volunteer and internship opportunities
  • Training and consultation
  • Leadership development opportunities
  • Comfortable living room to nap, study, and be inspired
  • Outdoor patio and balcony space
  • Community kitchen with fridge and microwaves
  • Library with books and magazines on gender, diversity, and family issues
  • Computer kiosks
  • Single occupancy gender-neutral restroom with shower
  • Family-friendly space with baby changing stations
  • Private lactation room for nursing mothers

Hours and Accessibility

The Women's Center is open from 9:00am to 7:00pm, Monday through Thursday, and 9:00am to 3:00pm on Friday. If you want to speak with a staff member, please phone ahead to confirm their office hours (858) 822-1479.

The Women's Center is accessible to people with disabilities. There are multiple parking spaces for people with disabilities located near the Center in parking lot P113. If you have questions or concerns about accessibility, please contact Jessica Geipel at 858-822-1479, or jgeipel@ucsd.edu.

History

In 1973 the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) began as a student organization in response to growing concerns by women students that their unique needs were not being identified and addressed by the University.

The WRC continued to be run by student volunteers into the ‘90s, making UC San Diego the only UC at the time without paid staff and permanent funding, despite sustained efforts to establish a Women’s Center on campus. Beginning in 1990, the WRC and the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women began jointly advocating for the development of a Women’s Center at UCSD.

The planning committee advocated for a Women’s Center that was as inclusive as possible, serving undergraduate students, graduate students, post-docs, staff, and faculty.

The University of California, San Diego's Women’s Center was finally approved in 1995, and the efforts and hard work of so many were realized on October 14, 1996 when the Women’s Center opened its doors, creating a welcoming space that fosters awareness, education and community at UCSD.  We continue to build on the work of the many who have advocated for, and contributed to, the Women’s Center over the years.