Women’s Center

InitiativesGoalMeans of AchievingOutcomeMethods of AssessmentResultsResult Use
AccessExpand in-house comprehensive Safe@Weber Violence Prevention curriculum. Research current & best practices nationally and locally to develop implementation plan for increased trainings and new professional position. N/A The Violence Prevention Educator is funded, recruited, and hired by summer 2020. The implementation plan for curriculum is developed and first steps are identified/completed. Mid-year update Jan 2020: We have been further developing our healthy relationship, consent and bystander intervention curriculums by incoportating current and best practices. We set a record number of prevention programming for 2019, with 66 prevention programs and 2,164 individuals engaging with in-person or online training. We have developed an implementation plan for in-house online education (replacing Everfi) to be in place by Fall 2021. We have secured funding for the full-time Violence Prevention Educator position and are finalizing the position description, to be posted in late spring for July 2020 start. Year update May 2020: We have continued on work this year on reviewing and strengthing our Safe@Weber Violence Prevention Educator Program. This involves improving our in-person workshops, utilizing best and emerging practices. We are most proud of our new healthy relationships workshop series, where we moved from presentations to group discussions & activities. This series has resonated well with student groups, and has demostrated successful assessment of learning outcomes. We will continue to expand on our curriculum in years to come, making sure we are staying on top of current research and federal/state requirments. Additioanlly, we will be expanding our online curriculum to developed in-house, and hiring a new Violence Prevention Coordinator in summer 2020.
LearningDevelop Leadership & Engagement program for WC students. Provide opportunities for students to develop leadership skills, become visible campus leaders, and demonstrate their learning and understanding of gender equity.Students will practice critical thinking skills, including: asking questions, analyzing arguments, and making connections between various topics and arguments, and will make connections between skills they learn/practice at the Women’s Center and situations they may encounter academically and professionally. Students will practice collaborative problem solving and community accountability, and will practice initiating, facilitating, and navigating dialogues and discussions.The student staff social justice education syllabus is continuously updated every year, the Advisory Board is further developed and professional development oppurtunites for student staff are identified. Mid-year update Jan 2020: We developed and completed our student social justice syllabus for the Fall semester, beginning the books Living a Feminist Life and Feminism for the 99%. We will complete these texts as a staff by the end of the Spring semester. Student staff attended the Genderevolution Conference in November as further professional development and have been sponsored to attend Weber State trainings and conferences. The Advisory Board is currently being further developed with plans to change the structure to a more focused event-planning/promoting team to increase engagement and offer more concrete development opportunities to board members. Year update May 2020: We successfully completed our syllabus for the 2019-2020 academic year. Despite the abrupt end to our in-person meetings, we finished Living a Feminist Life and Feminism for the 99% at the end of the Spring semester. We have extended our educational readings and documentary engagement for student staff through the summer. For outside professional development, student staff attended the YWCA's Women's Leadership Conference in the Spring semester. The Advisory Board is currently being further restructured to include more virtual and remote opportunities for engagement. We learned some valuable lessons from both the implementation of the syllabus and the quick change to virtual learning for our student staff. Feedback from our student staff has been very useful in the development of syllabi for the next academic year. We continue to gain understanding of what types of educational texts and professional development are most effective and engaging for our current cohort of students.
OtherDavis goal: Increase visibility of and engagement with Women's Center services at Davis campus.Schedule 1-2 programs, workshops, or events at the Davis campus per semester. Create passive programming opportunities including bulletin boards, art displays and tabling. Continue to provide 5-10 Safe@Weber workshops throughout the year.Through interacting with passive programming, Davis Campus students will gain a base understanding of various topics related to social justice, power, privilege, oppression, and their interconnectedness. Through various Safe@Weber workshops, students will demonstrate an understanding healthy relationships, boundaries, consent, sexual and relationship violence dynamics, risk reduction, and how to support survivors, as well as teaching strategies for bystander interventionWomen's Center services will be more visible and more accessible for Davis campus students; Davis Student Services survey questions; event/workshop paper assessments; headcount data.Mid-year update Jan 2020: During Fall 2020, we did not have any events or programs at the Davis campus. This continues to be a challenging goal because of the nature of our Education & Empowerment programming. We have, though, started a free menstrual product service in conjunction with Davis Student Services. Additionally, we were able to secure permanent placement of Safe@Weber information signage in all Davis restrooms. Year update May 2020: This goal continues to be a challenge for us, as try to find the best way to have successful programs at Davis campus. We will continue our menstrual product project with Davis Student Services. N/A
DiversityIncrease professional & student staff knowledge of trans inclusive feminism, as well as historical & contemporary themes specific to trans individuals and students. Include gender identity education (specifically focused on trans & gender nonconforming identities) into student staff syllabus; connect with community partners for expert workshops; develop & model inclusive and affirming langauge. All WC staff will be able to articulate how trans inclusion & affirmation are a key component of gender equity and the WC's mission. Ongoing discussion and student staff yearly evaluation. Mid-year update Jan 2020: Professional and student staff attended the Genderevolution Conference in November, which focused on gender identity education and trans inclusivity. We held a Sister Circle focused on gendered language and discussed its effects on gender equity. Year update May 2020: Professional and student staff continued to engage with some educational materials on trans inclusion/affirmation, including watching and discussing documentaries on nonbinary identity and readings on gender socialization. This topic extended to some of the students' choices for professional development materials over the summer semester.We will continue to educate ourselves on and discuss with students the importance of these topics. Trans inclusion and affirmation will be explicitly held values for the WC in our programming and materials. Student staff expressed that the Genderevolution Conference was eye-opening and extremely valuable, so we will continue to send a few students to the annual conference if possible, or at the very least continue to provide educational materials and keep both student and professional staff up-to-date on publications and education.