• Mission and History

    Mission and Values

    The mission of the Women's Resource Center (WRC) is to create a more equitable, socially just, and violence-free world for women by:

    • providing resources that improve the health and wellbeing of women and their allies;
    • educating students, staff, and faculty about today's most urgent feminist issues;
    • advocating for a safe, supportive, and inclusive campus community; and
    • supporting the advancement of all women on campus, in the community, and in the workplace.

    In everything we do, we strive to uphold five core values:

    1. holistic health
    2. intersectional education
    3. ethical advocacy
    4. feminist leadership
    5. commitment to community

    History

    The WRC was created by student activists in 1983. Its earliest role was to address the needs of women on campus, largely through educating the campus community about issues relating to women's rights and contributions. Although the WRC has undergone restructuring, administrative changes, and transitions since its creation, the vision has stayed the same: to provide a safe space for the campus community to learn about and advocate for gender equity.

    For the past 35+ years, the students and faculty leading the WRC have worked tirelessly to achieve this vision. Every year, the WRC facilitates educational programming and co-curricular activities on feminist and gender-based issues; offers service-learning projects, internships, and leadership experiences to students; collaborates with organizations both on and off campus to enrich the Hamline community; and provides a range of resources and supplies to help students meet their basic needs.