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.
The Women's Center was established in 1996 following the hard work and energy of so many who advocated for its creation. The Women's Center grew out of the student collective that was the Women's Resource Center (WRC). Beginning in 1990, the WRC and the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (CSW) jointly advocated for a University-funded Women's Center. While the students who ran the Women's Resource Center showed an intense passion and commitment, a permanently funded and professionally-staffed Center was essential. Employing a professional staff would lift the weight off students who took on the full responsibility of providing the services and resources offered by the WRC. The protest picture to the left reminds us of the struggles to create a permanently funded and staffed Women's Center at UCSD, the last UC to establish a Women's Center.
While the formal request to establish a Women's Center at UCSD was submitted in 1991, the project was postponed. In 1995 when the Cross-Cultural Center was approved, the question of establishing a Women's Center was once again raised. A Women's Center Planning Committee was formed comprised of students, staff, and faculty and a proposal was submitted to Chancellor Atkinson. The rest is herstory...
In 2006, a year that marked the 10-year Anniversary of the Women's Center, we moved from our temporary bungalow building to a permanent home at the Original Student Center.