It’s been a busy year for social justice at Pacific Lutheran University! The PLU Women’s Center is springing into action with many exciting and educational opportunities for all students, faculty, staff, and community members. For 22 years it has served as a place for celebrating and empowering women and the people who love them while promoting social justice, education, and hosting events in the PLU community. Our staff includes new Acting Director, Dr. Jennifer Smith; the Victim’s Advocate and Voices Against Violence Administrator, Jennifer Warwick; and the Men’s Project Coordinator, Jonathon Grove.
Some recent accomplishments of the Women’s Center, among others, include hosting the first annual Women’s Retreat this fall where participants talked about what it means to be a woman and heard a variety of inspirational stories; a record-breaking attendance at the Sexual Assault Peer Education Training program; the Love Your Body Day photo campaign where students had the chance to embrace their unique beauty; and we started off the new year by encouraging college women to run for office during the Elect Her- Campus Women Win program on February 29th.
However, the work did not stop there. Many volunteers and interns worked very hard to make March—Women’s History Month—full of empowering and educational events as well. We started it off with Chocolate Fest and finished it with celebrating the important women in our lives at the 15th Annual Inspirational Women’s Banquet and Silent Auction. Other events included the screening of the powerful documentary, Miss Representation, which looks at the way women are represented in the media, and Ain’t I a Woman where we celebrate the stories of four amazing African American women. We look forward to making the rest of this year equally as successful for the Women’s Center and continue to encourage social justice in everything we do.
For more information on the services offered by PLU’s Women’s Center, volunteer and internship opportunities, event calendars and more, visit the Women’s Center website at or call us at (253)535- 8759.
Written by Emily Rommel ‘12