Support RSCNJ Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Center

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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:

 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

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