About Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equity

Students linking arms and holding signs in solidarity of gender equity. Text reads, "Women's Empowerment and Gender Equity Community."
Alexia, Yari, Uilani (Continuing Students, Residents of Women's Empowerment and Gender Equity) “The Women’s Empowerment & Gender Equity Community is the place to be if you are looking for an uplifting environment with no discrimination about anything.”

Gender Equity for All

For women-identified and Transgender/Gender Non-Conforming residents (who are comfortable using women-identified restrooms) with a focus on gender equality, community building, and programming that explores gender and empowers women.

Great For Students Who ...

  • Are woman-identified and/or Trans*/Gender Non-Conforming (and comfortably using women-identified bathrooms) seeking a vibrant community experience
  • Are interested in gender equity, women’s empowerment, and social justice
  • Are seeking a unique and friendly community – winner of the PACURH 2014 Community of the Year award!

Program + Learning Outcomes

By participating in Harstad Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equity, students will:

  • Explore gender as a social identity and how it intersects with other social, biological, and cultural categories such as, but not limited to, race, class, ability, sexual orientation, religion, age, size, and nationality.
  • Be able to articulate what women’s empowerment and gender equity means to them in intersection with their other identities.
  • Empower themselves (and others) to advocate for gender equity and social justice.
  • Identify the ways in which patriarchal oppression affects all genders.


Linked Residence Hall:
Ordal Hall

Community Director
Dream Gonzales

CD Email:

Things Women's Empowerment & Gender Equity Care About:

  • Self Care
  • Affirming Self and Others
  • Menstrual Advocacy
  • Empowering Women
  • Uplifting Gender Equity
  • Slaying and Serving
  • Breast Cancer Awareness
  • Women’s Health
  • Appreciating Beauty in All Shapes and Forms
  • Highlighting Gender Inequality

Past Programing

Students mixed and mingled in community while learning about sustainability period practices! This included speed friending, making tea, and had an educational component about period remedies and menstrual products. Students were encouraged to dress in red for the event.