What is the purpose of having a Women’s Resource Center on campus?

To promote gender equity and social justice and to provide support to students. The Women’s Resource Center provides a safe space for students wanting to build community, experiencing difficulties and needing someone to talk to informally, or seeking referrals to other resources on campus, all of which staff and volunteers are happy to provide.

What type of resources does the Women’s Resource Center provide to students?

The WRC provides a variety of resources that are available to CU students. As a referral center, staff can steer students towards other campus and community services that can best address their needs. A full list of our services and offices that we refer to can be found under Resources, and are subdivided by category. Staff are available for proper referrals in person at the WRC in UMC 416 or by phone at 303-492-5713.

In addition, free pregnancy tests are available, as well as study space, computers with printing, tea/hot chocolate, a calendar of events, and free fact sheets on a variety of issues—such as sexual harassment, eating disorders and STI testing. We also have free condoms and lubrication available to students. Also available at the WRC help desk are handbills and pamphlets with information about other student resources—such as the GLBTQ resource center and Community Health.

The WRC has a library collection with materials available for check out to CU students. A list of our library catalogue can be found at LibraryThing

Do I have to talk to anyone in order to get a free pregnancy test?

No. If you want to get a pregnancy test and leave, that is fine, you will not be required to talk to anyone if you do not wish to. When giving a pregnancy test, the staff member will give you a short anonymous form and ask you to fill it out. The form is used to help determine if this test will detect pregnancy based on the length of time since your missed period and/or birth control failure/misuse. The form is completely anonymous and voluntary, and will not prevent you from receiving a pregnancy test. We will also provide you with an information sheet with directions for using the pregnancy tests and resources.

Is the WRC a confidential resource?
No. While we can be a space to provide you support, we are not a confidential resource. If you provide us with specific details about abuse, harassment, or discrimination, we are mandated to report the incident to The Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution (OSC), or The Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance (OIEC). To read more about reporting obligations by Faculty, Staff and Student Employees visit: Sexual Assault and Harassment Response Protocol and Discrimination and Harassment Policy.
How can I learn more about the services the WRC provides?

A complete list of services provided can be found on our website under Services

 

Can male or male-identified students ask about resources or spend time in WRC space?

Of course. The WRC is a safe space for women-identified students and women-allied students. All students and members of the CU-Boulder community are welcome to referral services, resources and to spend time in the lounge area. We ask that you are respectful of everyone in the space and aware of potentially harmful language.

Why does the WRC hold events? How do I find out about events on campus?

The WRC holds events to promote advocacy and social justice on campus. Events are intended to raise awareness around social justice issues and to promote activism among the CU-Boulder community. To find out about events you may "like us" on Facebook to get announcements, view our website's calendar online or check out the Women’s Resource Center’s awesomely huge calendar right outside the W. Flyers and hand-bills are also distributed before events will be held, and are also announced via the listserv.

Can students volunteer at the WRC?

No. We are not taking volunteers at this time as our volunteer program is currently in transition. Please visit here for more information. 

I don’t have time to volunteer. Can I still get involved?

Yes. For those with tight schedules, but still want to participate, you can check out our Get Involved page. There are many ways to get involved without overloading your schedule!

What are peer groups?

Peer groups are groups for individuals who are looking for a community who share similar backgrounds and interests. The Peer Group page contains information about the current on-going peer groups, meeting times and contact information.