The mission of the Women’s Center is to offer support and resources to empower women with the goal of promoting an inclusive and equitable campus community and to develop engaged and compassionate leaders.
Our vision is that the Women’s Center will be a safe and inclusive place of connectedness, empowerment and support for our growing multidimensional society.
The Women’s Center carries out our mission through these goals.
- Support the vision of the Office of Diversity and International Affairs particularly as it relates to the multidimensional realities of women’s lives.
- Educate University policy makers, students, faculty, staff and community members regarding issues that affect women.
- Assist the University in achieving its retention and graduation goals by implementing programs that enhance, support and empower women on campus.
- Facilitate student development that affirms students’ identities through leadership, mentoring and personal and professional development opportunities.
- Support the goals of the University’s 21st Century Initiative to provide a global perspective to students.
Since its inception in 1991, the Women’s Center has contributed to the university through grant funded projects, ongoing programs, and individual stand-alone programs.
The Center has shown leadership in key areas at the University, including securing external funding of $1.2 million to establish the PEACC Program and over $96,000 for the KTAP Program for single parents. Additionally, the Center provides valuable programming on women’s issues at the University and in the Community.
1993 the Center won funding from the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Foundation for the Louisville American Festival Project, “a nationally recognized coalition of artists and sponsors who use the arts…to build understanding between diverse people and forge community alliances.”
1999 the Center won a USDOJ Grant to establish the UofL PEACC Program. Over the next six years, this funding grew to a total of $1.2 million.
2008 the Center won a grant from the Commonwealth of Kentucky to provide “supplemental work-study like grants” for UofL students who are recipients of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families.
2008 The Women’s Center doubled its staff and increased programs and services to students, and started a Women 4 Women student group and a Student Parent Association.
2009 With the support of the Women’s Center the Women 4 Women Student Group began a Human Trafficking Awareness Conference for university and community members now in its sixth year and in 2012 the Women’s Center group founded the first Kentucky Statewide College Women’s Leadership Conference which received sponsorships of over $20,000 and provided sponsorship to over sixty attendees.
In 2013 the Women’s Center added a global trip focused on international women’s issues and again increased student programs to include an International Women’s Day Celebration, women’s veteran group and a graduate networking group.
Also starting in 2013 and with the support of the Associate Dean for Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies the Women’s Center now has designated office space on the Health Science Campus serving a new population of university students, staff and faculty.
In 2015, AAUW at UofL was established, the first American Association of University Women student organization in the state of Kentucky.