UW Women's Center

Violence Prevention & Gender Equity

The Violence Prevention & Gender Equity Program is committed to promoting gender equity, eliminating gender-based violence on campus and in the larger community.

Ongoing services include

Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshops

Start Smart

The Women’s Center offers workshops every winter and spring quarters on salary negotiation techniques to reduce the gender-pay gap and help empower undergraduate students to start their career with a fair and equitable wage.

“Critical information that I’ve never gotten before” – Student, 2017

“So helpful and informative; it is also a crucial step we can take for ourselves.  I will definitely be using this.” – Student, 2017

 

Gender-based violence workshops/speaker series

The Women’s Center collaborates with student and community-based organizations to host educational forums and resources to encourage all genders to cultivate a more just and equitable society.

Workshop topics are inspired by current events, requests, and the needs of our campus and greater Seattle community. Samples of past events include

  • Gender-based violence and immigrant & refugee communities. Panel discussion with Carlin Yoophum, Refugee Women’s Alliance; Farhiya Mohamed, Somali Family Safety Task Force; Norma Guzman, Consejo Counseling Services; Mergitu Argo, OneAmerica.  Moderated by Lan Pham, HSD – Mayor’s Office on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.
  • Sexual Assault to Prison Pipeline. Workshop facilitated by Nikkita Oliver, Educator, Attorney, Community Activist and Spoken Word Poet and Priya Rai, Community Solutions Coordinator at  API-Chaya
  • Sexual harassment and gender-based violence of Muslim women in India. Keynote presentation & conversation with Zeba Khair, high court attorney & advocate in Delhi, India
  • #MeToo & Beyond. Panel discussion with Eaden Andu, Gender Equity and Family Wellness Coordinator, Dulce Zamora, Anti-trafficking Caseworker and Katie Vail, Advocate and Law Student. Moderated by Renata Cummings, UW Academic Counselor
  • SEVEN. A compelling collection of seven stories of seven remarkable women who faced life-threatening obstacles to bring about major improvements in the lives of women in their home countries.

Sexual Assault and Consent Workshops

The Women’s Center offers trainings to student organizations, athletic departments, fraternity/sorority houses, and other groups on consent, sexual assault and rape culture to promote a safe and healthy college experience for all students.

When asked, what were some of the significant things you are taking away from this training? Students responded:

“That consent is everything and to treat women right to make a change. Looking out for others in social situations whether male or female.” –UW Student Athlete, 2017

“In learning to know how to ask a woman for consent, I’m also learning ways to change the rape culture” — UW Student Athlete, 2017

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Partnership

The Women’s Center and the American Association of University Women (AAUW) – National and Seattle branch have enjoyed a strong working relationship for years that includes a variety of opportunities extended to the greater UW community and Women’s Center programming.

Representing the University of Washington, the Women Center’s membership with AAUW-National opens doors to exclusive grants and fellowships, leadership training, professional development, educational resources, and advocacy tools through e-student membership (free for undergraduate and discounted for graduate students).

To register as an E-Student Affiliate, click here

To learn more about AAUW and E-Student Affiliate Membership, click here


 

Get Help: Report a Tip or Request Services

  • National Human Trafficking Resource Center 24-Hour Hotline
    1.888.3737.888
  • Washington Anti-Trafficking Response Network Victim Assistance Line
    206.245.0782

Fact & Figures

  • One in 5 women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college.
  • Women working full-time in the Washington State only make .77 cents on the dollar compared to men (median salary).
  • African American women only make .63 on the dollar compared to white men (median salary), nationally.
  • Hispanic or Latina women only make .54 on the dollar compared to white men (median salary), nationally.

 

via Krebs, C. P., Lindquist, C., Warner, T., Fisher, B., & Martin, S. (2007). The campus sexual assault (CSA) study: Final report. Retrieved from the National Criminal

Justice Reference Service: http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/221153.pdf

Hill, Catherine. “The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap (Spring 2017).” AAUW: Empowering Women Since 1881. Web. 01 Aug. 2017<http://www.aauw.org/research/the-simple-truth-about-the-gender-pay-gap/>.