PLU Women's Center

Are men welcome at the Women's Center?

Men are absolutely welcome at the Women’s Center!

The Women’s Center welcomes all students, staff, and faculty to explore our resources, become a volunteer, and attend events. Many men find the Women’s Center a welcoming place to study, use the kitchen, or just hang out. Men are also welcome to meet with PLU’s Victim Advocate, Jennifer Warwick.

Why should men be involved?

The answer starts with the women we love.

Based on national statistics, one in every four women will be assaulted in her lifetime. These are not nameless women. They are our mothers, our sisters, our friends, our partners, and our children.

There are many ways men can become involved in working toward gender equality. Men’s Project is a group on campus that focuses on creating an equitable community that is free of violence. As part of that mission, they promote healthy relationships, encourage positive expressions of masculinity, and empower men to speak out against sexist and violent behavior.

Men As Partners in Promoting Equality (MAPPE) is a student group affiliated with the Men’s Project. In addition to holding events and fundraisers, MAPPE meets weekly to discuss what it means to be a man, how to be a supportive ally in the struggle for gender equality, and how to make PLU a safe community for all. For more information on MAPPE, email or stop by the Women’s Center.

Men are a valuable and necessary component in the movement to establish gender equality!

Can I use the Women's Center to just hang out?

The Women’s Center is the perfect place to simply hang out! The kitchen is fully equipped and a great place to make a snack or brew a pot of coffee. The living room has an array of comfortable seating, perfect for doing homework, reading a book, or just relaxing with friends! The Women’s Center is also a great place to arrange a study group!

I don't have much time. Can I still be involved?

Being involved in the struggle for gender equality doesn’t mean spending every second at Women’s Center and attending every single event. There are many ways you can become involved, even on a tight schedule! Here are some good ways to get started:

1. Email to join the Women’s Center contact list. This will keep you updated on upcoming events and projects!

2. Talk with your friends about gender equality and why you think this work is important.

3. Take a Women’s and Gender Studies course.

4. Fill out a volunteer application and start working one hour each week at the Women’s Center.

5. Ask your RA to coordinate a Women’s Center presentation or program in your residence hall.

6. Focus a class project on a women’s issue.

7. Speak up when a sexist joke is told.

8. Borrow a book from the Women’s Center to learn more!