Office of Student Affairs

Women's & Gender Center

Keefe Campus Center, Room 103a
Danielle Hussey, Interim Director
dhussey@amherst.edu

The Women's and Gender Center seeks to foster a critical awareness of gender and create an intentional space, accessible to students of all genders, that will serve as a resource and forum for topics and issues related specifically to women and, more broadly, related to the experience of gender. The Center promotes learning about and exploring gender through personal experience, academic inquiry, community organizing, activism and discussion. 

The Women's & Gender Center (WGC) opened on the first floor of the Keefe Campus Center in the spring of 2013 after a student-led initiative won support for the expansion and relocation of the earlier established Women's Center. It houses the Elizabeth Bruss Memorial Resource Library, which will be expanded in the coming year. Current plans for the Center in 2013-2014 include weekly and monthly programming; advising for individuals and student organizations; and activities designed to engage with gender issues in the Amherst curriculum, promote student leadership and foster community organizing and activism.

The Center is the functional home for several student organizations. The Gender & Sexuality Network, The Gender Justice Collective, The Amherst Women’s Network, The Men’s Project, and The Women of Amherst are core constituents, while the Peer Advocates of Sexual Respect, Student Health Educators, Pride Alliance and Resident Counselors have also used the WGC for events and programs. All groups and organizations are welcome to use the space, though a reservation is required outside of open hours.

The center is staffed by Danielle Hussey, who will serve as Interim Director for the 2013-2014 academic year. Danielle has an MSc in Gender and Social Policy and she will serve as a liaison to student groups, advise individuals or student organization, provide support for programming and manage overall operation of the WGC; in addition, she will work to bring student voices to the center of planning and further institutional development of the WGC.

The Center has an exciting history, dating back nearly forty years, which is currently being researched and chronicled by two alumni researchers from the class of 2013. More information of WGC history, programming, open hours and other activities will be available during the fall semester. A website and social media presence will also launch this fall. For now, follow us us on Twitter (@AmherstWGC) and like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ACWGC). 

Students with questions may contact Danielle Hussey by e-mail or telephone (dhussey@amherst.edu; (413) 542-5667). Danielle is available to meet privately to provide support, advising and information about campus resources. Interested students should also follow up in person at Keefe 103a and online (www.amherst.edu/WGC) for more information on regular open hours – during which all students are welcome – as they will be posted at the start of each semester.