Support RSCNJ Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Center
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The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

Support RSCNJ Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Center

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      Women's, Gender & Sexuality Center Proposal Committee

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The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey was among the first colleges in New Jersey to establish a women's studies program: in the fall of 1974, Women's Studies became a topical concentration in the general studies curriculum. This call for a Women's, Gender & Sexuality Center asks the college to reaffirm its commitment to dismantle oppression.

Goal: establish a Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Resource Center on the Galloway campus with a mission to serve the entire campus, including the satellite campuses via its webpage and other outreach programs

Purpose: The Stockton Gender and Sexuality Resource Center is established to:

Dismantle all forms of oppression, including but not limited to discrimination based on ability, age, class, ethnicity, gender, race, and sexual orientation;

Advocate for an equable environment free from violence and harassment based on but not limited to gender, sexual orientation, and race;

Foster an anti-racist, non-sexist, queer-affirmative safe space;

Coordinate programming and educational campaigns related to women, gender, and sexuality

Request for Support:

·       Support the establishment of the center

·       Support the writing of a Campus Grant for seed funding (grant source: U.S. Department of Justice Violence Against Women Act Campus Grant Program)

·       Support a permanent Center’s long-term resource needs

Read the full draft proposal: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ex8asbgv3bqcnj5/Women%E2%80%99s%20Center%20Proposal%20DRAFT%203.0.docx

 WGSC is Needed Now:

Majority Campus Population: women constitute the majority on the Stockton campus (58% in Fall 2012). WGSC supports retention and degree completion time of this majority population. Additionally, its resources are not limited to female students.

Inequality Still Exists: More women now graduate college than men; however:

o    Women still make an average of 78 cents on a man’s dollar for doing the same work.

o    Women still lag men in key leadership positions, such as the United States government: “Women hold 98, or 18.3%, of the 535 seats in the 113th US Congress—20, or 20.0%, of the 100 seats in the Senate and 78, or 17.9%, of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives” (source: Center for Women and Politics).

o    Pregnant and parenting students face enormous barriers to education: 61 percent of women who have children in community college do not finish their degree, and less than two percent of teen mothers who have a baby before age 18 get a college degree by age 30 (source: The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy).

LGBTQ is an Underserved College Population (source: 2010 State of Higher Education for LGBT People):

o    Almost one-quarter (23%) of LGBT staff, faculty, & students reported experiencing harassment (defined as any conduct that interfered with the ability to work or learn).

o    One-third of LGBT (33%) and transgender (38%) students, faculty, & staff have seriously considered leaving their institution due to the challenging climate.

o    More than half of all LGBT faculty, students, & staff hide their sexual identity (43%) or gender identity (63%) to avoid intimidation.

o    More than a third of all transgender students, faculty, & staff (43%) and 13% of LGBT respondents feared for their physical safety.

o    LGBT respondents were twice as likely to be targets of derogatory remarks (61%), stared at (37%), & singled out as the “resident authority” regarding LGBT issues due to their identity (36%) when compared with their heterosexual counterparts (29%, 17%, and 18%, respectively).

Coordinate Existing and Provide New Resources: WGSC would provide an efficient means to coordinate services and offer the college community a central location to access crucial resources.

Leadership Role in Anti-Violence Campus Initiatives and Training: Stockton has a low incidence of sexual assault. Why devote scarce resources to these issues?

o    According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 3% of women on college campuses are sexually assaulted each year. In Fall 2012, female undergraduates numbered 4373 (58% of the total undergraduate population). This means the U.S. Department of Justice estimates that the number of sexual assault victims on the Stockton campus is about 131. The low number of reports may indicate Stockton women may not be accessing the available and needed resources.

Recruitment and Retention Investment: Stockton should join TCNJ, Ramapo, William Patterson, & Montclair, which all have Women’s Centers

To:
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
We, the undersigned, support the establishment of a Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Center on the Galloway campus and support priority funding for this initiative.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. President Approves Provost Council Recommendation

      I am happy to report that the President of Stockton College has endorsed the following recommendation from the Provost Council:

      "The Provost Council believes that the WGSC should be phased-in and, in this regard, respectfully recommends that you approve initial funding to support an Assistant Director position that will report to the Division of Student Affairs (see page 10 of the attached proposal for the position description, etc.). The Division of Academic Affairs will provide a faculty office for the individual should there be no alternative space within the appropriate Student Affairs office complexes.

      As part of the phase-in process, it is expected that a comprehensive proposal will be developed and submitted to the appropriate federal, state, foundations, and/or other agencies to secure external funding to be used for the Center to grow beyond the establishment of the initial position. The failure to secure external funding will limit the growth of the Center."

    2. Provost Council Unanimously Endorses Proposal

      We are happy to report that the Provost Council unanimously endorsed the proposal this week.

      The next step is consideration by the President's cabinet.

      While endorsement and implementation are connected conversations, our understanding is that the endorsement process takes place first and then--should it pass at all levels--implementation feasibility and more specific recommendations/specific endorsements would take place next.

      Thanks to you all for continuing to advocate for this proposal!

    3. Students Create Documentary About Push for WGS Center

      The push to secure a Women's, Gender and Sexuality Center for the Galloway campus of Stockton College continues. Emily Van Duyne's POW (Perspectives on Women) class, for example, created the following documentary as part of their class activism project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVkQw4JZvp8

      Richard Stockton college Woman Center documentary

      This documentary was filmed to bring awareness on women issues and bring a women center on Richard Stockton college campus.

    4. Task Force Completing Final Draft of Proposal

      The Task Force has spent the spring term expanding and honing the proposal for a Center. Over the next two weeks the Task Force will complete the proposal and submit it to the executive board of Stockton faculty senate.

      Please continue to sign and share the petition. The petition will stay open until we have a Center.

    5. Required Listening: "Sexual Assault on College Campuses" (NPR's Radio Times

      One of the main reasons why we are fighting for a Women's, Gender and Sexuality Center for our campus: http://whyy.org/cms/radiotimes/2014/01/28/sexual-assault-on-college-campuses/

      You can join the cause, too: http://www.change.org/petitions/support-rscnj-women-s-gender-and-sexuality-center

      We met our support goal, but are still collecting signatures from Stockton and non-Stockton folks.

      Sexual Assault on College Campuses | Radio Times | WHYY

      Sexual Assault on College Campuses January 28, 2014 Guests: Laura Dunn, Kathleen Bogle, and Anne Coughlin The White House released a report last week on the epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses. Obama announced a task force to help colleges and universities prevent and respond to rape and assault on campuses.

    6. 1,012 and Counting

      We've exceeded our goal of 1000 supporters by Nov 25.

      The petition won't close until we get a Center!

    7. Reached 1,000 signatures
    8. Official Task Force Status

      The RSCNJ faculty senate voted Tuesday to establish an official college task force to complete the proposal and submit it through the official college channels. More details with be forthcoming. This is good news as our committee has been working outside of the official channels of the college. Help us keep moving in the right direction by sharing our petition: we need 90 more supporters to reach our goal of 1000.

    9. Girls Rising Event @ RSCNJ

      Local Supporters: We hope you can join us!

      Date: November 19th

      Time: 4:00 pm- 6:00 pm

      Location: Stockton College, Alton Auditorium

      See event page and flyer on the page for all the details: https://www.facebook.com/events/432926533474657/

      Representatives for the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Center proposal committee (http://www.change.org/petitions/support-rscnj-women-s-gender-and-sexuality-center) will be at the Girls Rising event starting at 4:00 to promote the cause.

    10. 801 Supporters and Counting!

      What a great way to start the weekend! 801 supporters and counting. Thanks for your support and helping us move forward to make the Center a reality.

    11. Reached 750 signatures
    12. 14 Days Remaining, 328 Signatures Still Needed

      Can we get 25 signatures per day between now and Nov. 25? Not without your help. Please sign and share our petition.

    13. Losing It

      Most college-age students have already had sex by the time they attend college (average age is 17).

      Watch "Losing It" to hear people's stories: http://screen.yahoo.com/losing-it-with-john-stamos/olivia-munn-030000109.html?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=post&utm_content=stamos-1013&utm_campaign=healthfb

      A WGS Center provides support for students--whatever choices they make about their sexuality.

    14. Global Gender Gap: Think Global, Act Local

      Q: How can The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey address the global gender gap? http://www.weforum.org/issues/global-gender-gap (US ranks 23rd globally)

      A: Supporting a WGS Center is a start. Sign & Share the petition: https://www.change.org/petitions/support-rscnj-women-s-gender-and-sexuality-center

      32 more supporters needed to crest 600!

    15. Reached 500 signatures
    16. Front Page News: 464 & Counting

      http://tinyurl.com/m7y6hon

      Thanks, The Argo - Stockton College Newspaper for the front page story on the WGS Center proposal and petition. Find the full story: http://stocktonargo.com/ and sign the petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/support-rscnj-women-s-gender-and-sexuality-center

      Thanks, The Argo - Stockton College Newspaper ...

      Thanks, The Argo - Stockton College Newspaper for the front page story on the WGS Center proposal and petition. Find the full story: http://stocktonargo.com/ and sign the petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/support-rscnj-women-s-gender-and-sexuality-center

    17. Support from Over 100 WGS Centers Sought

      Over 100 emails went out today to Women's, Gender and Sexuality Centers across the country seeking their support for our petition.

      What group or individual do you know that might support our petition? Help us reach our goal of 1000 supporters by Nov. 25.

    18. 400 by 4pm Friday?

      384 supporters and counting as of 11:43am on Friday, Oct. 25. Can we reach 400 by 4pm Friday?

      If you need a reason to support this petition or a reason to share the link (again), please read the comments left by our supporters. The remarks from advocates and survivors are inspiring.

    19. 337 and Counting!

      Celebrating 337 Supporters and counting! Thanks for joining our effort to produce institutional change. Keep sharing our petition in support of a Women's, Gender & Sexuality Center to help us reach 1000 by Nov 25: https://www.change.org/petitions/support-rscnj-women-s-gender-and-sexuality-center

    20. Reached 250 signatures
    21. 217 Supporters, 783 More Wanted in 33 Days

      We need to average about 24 new supporters per day to meet our goal of 1000 supporters by Nov. 25. Can we do it? Only with your help.

      Thanks to the anonymous supporter who promoted our petition! Your faith in our effort is much appreciated.

      All your efforts are making a difference: the Stockton college newspaper will run a story about our efforts. Look for a link to the story in a future update.

      Thanks to everyone who has shared our link with friends and family. And, if you haven't done this, please share our link.

    22. 184 Supporters and Counting

      Can we break 200 before the end of the day? Help us recruit 16 more by sharing our link.

      Need inspiration for why a WGS Center is needed? Check out this story, "New UN Women Ad Campaign Uses Google To Make A Point": http://www.womenyoushouldknow.net/new-un-women-ad-campaign-uses-google-make-point/

      http://www.womenyoushouldknow.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/un-women2.jpg

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Linda Nelson SICKLERVILLE, NJ
      • 5 months ago

      This is important because Stockton should be among the most vocal in support of equity for all its constituents, much in keeping with its earliest mission. This could be one significant step in moving the college in that direction. I would hope that the same consideration for an Africana Studies Center will soon follow.

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    • eileen conran-folks VENTNOR, NJ
      • 5 months ago

      The need for a a Women's Gender and Sexuality Center will provide an equitable level of support, services and resources to the growing number of individuals who are seeking a safe environment in which to continue their education regardless of their gender orientation. Higher Education is obligated to provide such an environment as per Title IX and I would like very much to be a part of this project. Thank you.

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    • Haley Matsinger CAPE MAY, NJ
      • 6 months ago

      As a female, I know what women go through from day to day, especially women who have been sexually or mentally abused by men. It would be nice for them to go to a place where they dont have to worry about seeing men and to feel safe

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    • dorian staley GALLOWAY, NJ
      • 6 months ago

      I love women

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    • kelly hammon DELRAN, NJ
      • 6 months ago

      I am a woman and I think it would be a good idea to have resources for us on campus

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