Welcome to the Women's Educational Center
The Women’s Educational Center provides programs, support, and services for all students, faculty, and staff.
We provide educational programming and workshops focused on topics of women’s leadership, violence prevention, and gender equity.
Special support for low income and non-traditional students includes; referrals to campus and community resources, scholarship application support, emergency grant for non-traditional students, childcare resources, and peer support student groups.
Our Sexual Assault Prevention and Advocacy services include; volunteer opportunities to educate peers about preventing sexual assault, trainings on being an active bystander and preventing sexual violence, programs about healthy relationships, consent, and sexual assault, and confidential advocacy for survivors of violence.
The mission of the Women’s Educational Center is to support women and all students, staff, faculty, as well as community members, in their academic goals; to deepen and enrich awareness of and education about gender issues; and to oppose inequities and barriers imposed on women.
We envision a world in which people of all genders are equally valued and safe; confront no barriers related to economic, political, or social practice; and have equal opportunities to participate in transforming their communities.
Integrity - We treat all those we serve with dignity and respect and strive to create a safe space for women.
Education and Learning - We value education and learning as transformative processes.
Collaboration and Partnership - We collaborate with campus organizations, faculty, staff, students, community members and groups to meet the needs of women.
Advocacy - We practice care, empathy, recognition, and autonomy in advocacy efforts on behalf of women.
Social Justice - We believe in transparency and feminist activism that works for the economic, political, and social equality of all people.
From its inception in 2001, the Women’s Educational Center has been committed to providing support to women returning to school and low income women, establishing several scholarships specifically designated for this population. The WEC has also been instrumental in encouraging women to apply for the highly competitive Scholarship for Returning Women administered by the Center for the Education of Women at UM-Ann Arbor. For 2006-2007, seven women from the Flint campus were granted a scholarship, the largest number of Flint campus women to be awarded in the history of the scholarship. Additionally, the WEC continues to administer the Critical Difference Grant that was established with a gift from the University of Michigan Alumnae Council. This grant provides up to $300 to returning students who find themselves in a financial crisis that may prevent them from completing the semester. On average, the WEC awards about $10,000 annually.
The Women’s Educational Center also focuses on issues relating to violence against women. With a gift of $4,000 from a private donor in 2002, the WEC was able to purchase protective gear and began offering self-defense classes in collaboration with the Recreation Center. In the fall of 2005, the WEC was awarded a $400,000 grant from the US Department of Justice to implement an awareness-raising campaign on campus about violence against women. The WEC has worked with Mott Community College, the YWCA of Greater Flint, the Flint Police Department and the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to implement educational programs for the campus community and training sessions for Public Safety officers.
The 2005-2006 academic year was a time of transition for the Women’s Educational Center. With a new Director and Project Coordinator, emphasis was placed on expanding existing programs and creating new initiatives to attract a broad range of students, faculty, staff and community members. The WEC has been successful in forming partnerships with several departments and student organizations on campus to implement programs such as scholarship workshops, Women’s History Month activities, a production of the Vagina Monologues, as well as Family Fun Night for students, faculty, and staff with children.
Women's Educational Center