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Pacific Lutheran University’s Center for Gender Equity supports, challenges, and empowers students, staff, and faculty to combat gender-based oppression and enact positive social change.

We do this through educational programming, mentoring, awareness-raising events, and celebration.


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Center for Gender Equity History

Spring 1990 – “Women’s Center of Pacific Lutheran University” established in East Campus in April; WMST minor passed by faculty that same month

1992 – Women’s Center moves to a house near upper & Becky Frehse, Professor of Art, is given course release to serve as the first Women’s Center director

1995 – Judy Mladineo hired as the 2nd Women’s Center Director

1997 – First Inspirational Women’s Banquet held

Fall 1997 – Move to blue house on lower campus next to athletic fields

Spring 1999 -The first training of the Sexual Assault Prevention Education Team (SAPET) takes place at the Women’s Center.

Spring 2003 – Provost James Pense attempts to turn the Women’s Center into toilets for the Athletic Department

2004 – PLU alum Bobbi Hughes hired as 3rd Director of Women’s Center

2005 – Women’s Center is awarded $200,000 grant from the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. Jennifer Warwick is hired as the Victim Advocate Coordinator and Jonathan Grove is hired as the Men Against Violence Coordinator.

Fall 2006 – Women’s Center moves to upper campus on 121st St.

2010 – Kandel-Oleksak Scholarship established

Spring 2010 – Visit from the Assistant Attorney General Tony West as part of a national tour of 10 universities to showcase exceptional campus-based programs to address violence against women

2011 – Dr. Jennifer Smith hired as the 4th Women’s Center Director and as member of WMGS faculty

Fall 2014 – Jonathan Yglesias hired as the 2nd Men’s Project Coordinator

Spring 2015 – Jennifer Warwick asked to serve on CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention) Think Tank on Sexual Violence Prevention on College and University Campuses

March 17, 2016 – The Women’s Center changed its name to the Center for Gender Equity!