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(s)

Stuen Hall

Linked Course for First Year Residents

Connected course(s): First-year Stuen residents will be enrolled in a linked PLUS 100: Transitions to PLU course connected with the Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equity Community.

Example Programs

Below are a few examples of Women’s Empowerment & Gender Equity programs that have occurred in past! If you have an idea for an LC program, contact your Resident Assistant or Community Advocate to see about planning it!

    • Womxn’s March Debrief | A discussion about the pros and cons of the Womxn’s March along with how to engage in activism
    • Healthy Relationships Movie Night | A movie screening of Beauty and the Beast and a critical discussion about gender roles and healthy relationships
    • Love Your Body Photo Shoot | A photo shoot about body image and self love
    • The Purity Myth | Movie screening and discussion about the different ways society is viewing Planned Parenthood, contraception, and the meaning of rape within the context of a larger political effort to roll back women’s rights.


For more information about this Learning Community option contact:

Dream Gonzales, Community Director for Ordal and Stuen Halls | dgonzales@plu.edudpatel@plu.edu