The Women’s Center is located in Harrelson Hall (Building #56 on the campus map).
324 Harrelson Hall
Campus Box 7306
Raleigh, NC 27695-7306
Our usual office hours are Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm.
The North Carolina State Women’s Center was founded in 1991 and has been providing service to the women students, faculty and staff on campus ever since.
The Women’s Center Staff consists of ten full-time positions – Director, Associate Director, Assistant Director of Leadership/Scholar in Residence, Assistant Director of Interpersonal Violence Services, Programming Coordinator, Rape Prevention Education Coordinator, Men and Masculinity Coordinator, University Programs Associate, and 2 AmeriCorps Employees. The Women’s Center also employs six student workers. We also have many wonderful volunteers who support and help in organizing the various events planned by the Women’s Center.
Mission: The NC State Women’s Center is a catalyst and resource that advances gender equity and social justice through education, advocacy, and leadership for the campus community.
Vision: A Wolfpack community that champions gender equity and promotes respect for all.
Education: Facilitate efforts to ensure equity and opportunity and increase awareness of diversity by providing and supporting programs, services, and research opportunities that focus on gender-related issues
Advocacy: Strengthen relationships across diverse groups by providing programs, services, and research opportunities that connect individuals and communities
Leadership: Develop critical thinking and leadership proficiencies that advance gender equity and social justice
Although not yet a reality, the roots of the Women’s Center began in 1980 when Evelyn Reiman, then Assistant Director of Student Development, sponsored the first NC State Women’s Week – a series of afternoon and evening programs for campus women.
Five years later, the Division of Student Affairs established the first professional staff position to support women students on campus and conduct rape prevention education. The position was held by Janet (Jan) Rogers as “Women Student Concerns Coordinator” working out of Student Health Services and sometimes meeting students in medical exam rooms. Two years later (1987), the office of Women Student Concerns moved from Student Health to the Department of Student Development and Merry Ward joined Jan as a full time rape prevention education coordinator. That same year, the first Take Back the Night march and rally were held on campus.
In 1989, the Women’s Studies Program began with Barbara Risman as it’s first director. During that same year, students formed the Women’s Resource Coalition and Heloise Jones was elected as the president. Heloise began working tirelessly for recognition of the unique needs of campus women and wrote a proposal for a Women’s Center as an independent research project through the College of Education. Heloise, along with five other students, Evelyn Reiman, and select faculty formed a nucleus of activism for women on campus creating a Women’s Resource Coalition newsletter and distributing it to 16,000 campus women (students and faculty).
In the following two years, Evelyn Reiman, Jan Rogers, and Barbara Risman met regularly and developed a proposal for a Women’s Center to be established on campus – but the wheels of change often move slowly.
At a retreat held in the spring of 1991, student leaders were asked what they wanted to accomplish before leaving NC State. Heloise Jones replied that she wanted to see a Women’s Center. She made it a goal. With her tenacious attitude in tow, she set an appointment to see the provost. She met with Interim Provost Frank Hart and presented her case for a Women’s Center in the campus community. As it turned out, the College of Textiles was moving out of Nelson Hall and the industrial-like building had plenty of empty space. Most of the space was not suitable for offices or even meeting space. However, the basement (which had housed a library) made a very comfortable space. In October of 1991, Heloise saw the fruit of her labor when the Women’s Center officially opened its doors. At the opening reception, Dr. Hart told Heloise that it was what she had said to him that caused him to put his complete support and efforts behind creating the center. That support included giving what was considered very valuable campus “real estate” for it. The first “Friend of the Women’s Center,” Becky Leonard, donated furniture, artwork, and items that made the space more comfortable and welcoming.
Heloise commented, “The day we opened our doors, we had meeting space, an office for Jan Rogers, carpet on the floor and women eager to create the space they craved, faculty beaming at a dream and goal realized that they’d campaigned so hard for, university administration applauding with support. All of us knew the world had changed at NC State that day.”