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Create a Women's and Gender Resource Center at the University of Miami

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The University of Miami is in need of a Women’s and Gender Resource Center. As a prestigious institution that is striving to create a community of belonging, a Women’s and Gender Resource Center would create a physical space and full-time director dedicated to these issues, and a centralized network of people at UM who feel it is necessary that women have equal opportunities and adequate care. Currently, there are many student organizations and UM community members doing important work for the betterment of women in Miami, however, there is not a concrete umbrella organization or institution that is capable of linking these groups in order to promote and maintain concrete change throughout the community. Compared to nine benchmark institutions, the University of Miami is the only university without the equivalent of a Women’s and Gender Resource Center.

The goal for WGRC is to be able to create space on campus where students can feel heard and supported in difficult times. The WGRC will serve as an umbrella office to unite all of the existing women’s organizations on campus and assemble a calendar of their programming. By partnering with other student centers such as the LGBTQ Student Center and Multicultural Student Affairs, the center will ensure minority group’s concerns are heard and needs are met. More specifically, working with S.A.R.T, and the President’s Coalition on Sexual Violence Prevention and Education, the center can act as a resource for women in need of assistance and guidance during times of trauma or recovery from sexual assault. The center will support a coalition of people who will ensure that the university stands by its principles in protecting students, staff and faculty’s rights regardless of the federal climate. Finally, the center will be able to lift the pressure from faculty and staff who are currently acting as a resource center in addition to their primary job requirements. The needs of the students are not adequately being met due to the lack of full time dedication and lack of unity of the university’s resources.

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