The K-State Women's Center works to promote a safe and equitable work and learning environment for women and all people through advocacy, presentations, academic classes, training, and referral. Since 1973, this office has supported the well being of K-State women by providing advocacy and promoting gender equity. More recent initiatives involve campus culture change efforts such as nonviolence education, the Empty Bowls Project, and programs directed to men. More than 200 K-State men and women from all majors comprise WAR (Wildcats Against Rape), a student group dedicated to raising awareness of campus sexual violence (www.k-state.edu/womenscenter/ W.A.R.htm).We work with the K-State Campaign for Nonviolence (CNV) on many justice-related projects, including the SafeZone project, Noontime Yoga, and Evening Meditation for faculty, staff, students, and community members. On the academic side, we work with the College of Arts and Sciences on the development of its new 15-hour nonviolence studies certificate program. The PEERS class is taught by the Women’s Center director and is founded on the belief that students can effectively educate each other on issues concerning rape and sexual/ relationship violence. PEERS is offered as a two-semester, three-credit seminar about cultural, psychological, medical, criminal, and legal system aspects of sexual assault, followed by opportunities to present to organizations, living groups, and classes.
The Women's Center sexual assault advocate provides 24-hour assistance for K-State students who have been victimized by violence or who are threatened by criminal behavior, and for individuals who are filing complaints under K-State's Policy Prohibiting Sexual Violence. We can refer to offices and agencies on and off campus that help students with law enforcement, legal, medical, and academic concerns. The office in 206 Holton is open to all faculty, staff, and students; a Women’s Center/CNV kiosk is located in the K-State Student Union Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for more information.