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Women Student Initiatives

Women Student Initiatives (WSI) within the Student Life Multicultural Center (MCC) is committed to gender equity by promoting intersectional feminist activism and dialogues, developing women’s leadership, and celebrating women, past and present, who challenge, motivate and inspire. In alignment with these goals, we offer student-focused programming, as well as community-wide events that empower all women-identifying students and allies.

We do this via programs and services in five primary areas:

Student Cohort Groups

Leadership Opportunities

Education Programs

Signature Events

Community Engagement

 

WSI Cohorts offered for women-identifying students by the Student Life Multicultural Center focus on intersections between identities, community building, personal development and leadership. The groups are implemented with the support of student leaders, professional staff and in partnership with women-identifying student organizations and Central Ohio community resources.

WSI Cohorts:

Women of Color Cohort

This group is dedicated to providing a space for women of color student to connect, dialogue, celebrate, and support each other’s whole authentic selves through an intersectional lens. Our monthly meetings will center on a specific topic, issue, or current event that students wish to learn more about or process openly with their peers. The intent is to foster intercultural dialogue and to create a brave space where students can share their unique perspectives and create a community of support and affirmation. Meetings are the 2nd Wednesday fo the month at 6 p.m.

 

Leadership Opportunities

 

Women’s Leadership Development Program

This Women's Leadership Program will provide students with the vital skills that will help them succeed in the classroom and beyond. Program participants will learn how to cultivate their own strengths to build resiliency and success personally and professionally. Participants will learn skills related to resume building, personal branding, self-care, personal finance, critical thinking, and career readiness. This 6 month program will also provide students with an opportunity to connect with a mentor in their related education or professional area of interest. Mentorship opportunities include long term and short term mentors as well as job shadowing opportunities. Application is required.

Application is now open! Deadline to Apply is September 18.

Meetings are the 1st Wednesday of the month at 8 p.m.

 

Women’s Leadership Consortium

Student organizations that serve women or are involved with issues affecting women are invited to participate in this once monthly meeting designed to connect women-identified student leaders across campus. Student organizations are empowered to network with their fellow student leaders, share resources, knowledge, upcoming events and to discuss and share solutions to issues their organizations are facing internally or externally. This is a space of community for women student organizations to join together and empower each other through collaboration and peer support.

Meetings are the 1st Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m.

 

Signature Events are the hallmark programs of the Student Life Multicultural Center and demonstrate a strong tradition of building community and raising visibility every year. Signature events are implemented with the support of professional staff and in partnership with student organizations.

 

Signature WSI specific events include:

Women's History Month: March

International Women's Day: March 8

Equal Pay Days: Days of the year that are recognized as representing how far into the next year that women have to work in order to make the same amount as men did the previous year.

                        March 5, APIDA Women's Equal Pay Day

                        April 2, All Women's Equal Pay Day

                        August 22, Black Women's Equal Pay Day

                        September 23, Native Women's Equal Pay Day

                        November 20, Latina Equal Pay Day

           Click here to learn more.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month: October

Sexual Assault Awareness Month: April

Madison also provides updates on events for women throughout the year in her newsletter. Click here to sign-up!

Click below for women resources provided by the Student Life Multicultural Center:

Cultural and Intercultural Celebrations

Women's History Month

Women Student Initiatives Leadership Cohort

For further information please contact Madison Eagle, eagle.41@osu.edu