Signature Programs

These are larger scale programs that often involve co-sponsors and collaborators from across the campus community. 

Feminist Education Series

An annual programmatic series focused on a particular topic in feminism. This program runs for the entire academic year and will consist of 4 to 6 programs ranging from large scale programs to film screenings to discussions to speakers.

At the Intersection

A series of programs that examine the intersection of gender with various other social identities. This series exists to uplift those at the margins of gender-based oppression. Past programs include Gender & Religion and Gender & Disability. The WGC hosts two programs each semester.

Reproductive Justice Week - October

An annual week of programs focusing on reproductive justice, abortion access, and empowering and supporting students. This program was created due to numerous student request for programs and support on this topic. The program aims to increase knowledge about the politics of abortion access, as well as to provide students with the resources they need to make informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health. 

Trans Empowerment Week - November

Each November the Women's and Gender Center and the Queer Resource Center host a collaborative week of programs centering trans and nonbinary identities. Past programming included our observance of the Transgender Day of Remembrance, a trans and nonbinary community dinner, a keynote speaker, and film screening. 

AmHERst Alumni Speaker Series

An annual event that showcases the women of Amherst College. We will host one speaker per year. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first Amherst College class to include women, we hosted several speakers during the 2016-2017 year.

Womxn's History Month - March 

Womxn’s History Month is a month long celebration where we work to uplift the narratives of all women and nonbinary people. Often, especially when holding intersecting marginalized identities, women and nonbinary people have their stories distorted, minimized, or erased. This month, and every month, we work to destabilize this pattern in representation. The term womxn is intended to center women, as well as to more explicitly include trans women and women of color.

International Women's Day - March 8

A part of Women’s History Month and a day of celebration for the social, economic, political, and cultural equality of women. 

Pay Equity Day - April 

A day which symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. The WGC employs an intersectional framework to deepen community understanding of how other salient identities, like race, gender identity, disability, and class impact pay inequity. 

Small and Serial Programs

These programs are small-scale, often recurring programs that are managed by student coordinators in the Women’s and Gender Center under the supervision of the Director. These programs will often function as components of larger-scale Signature Programs. 

  • BaeWatch: An intersectional dialogue-based series co-created with the Multicultural Resource Center and Queer Resource Center and led by trained student facilitators. This program focuses on issues within romantic and sexual relationships. Past themes have included: Interracial dating, Race & Relationships, Keep it Classy: Class Difference in Relationships. Baewatch will be held twice per semester.
  • Craftivist!: A craft-based serial program in which we bring in activists and artists and provide supplies for the creation of feminist crafts. Past programs have included: “The Feminist Quilt Project” and “Crafternoons." 
  • The FWord: An education program in which the WGC invites a notable feminist from our community to discuss their journey to feminism.
  • WGC Talk-Backs: A dialogue-based program that supports critical community conversations. These conversations are based on trending topics to meet the needs of the WGC community.
  • Women of Color Luncheon: An affinity space for women of color to discuss the intersections of race and gender in their lived experience. Hosted by women of color on the WGC staff.
  • Galentines Day – A celebration of platonic love, sisterhood, and friendship between people of all genders (February 13th).