Gender Equity Center

Established in 1997 as the Women’s Center, the Gender Equity Center’s primary goal is to increase awareness of gender issues and foster an environment of gender equality through programming and outreach.

Although the Center is located on the JWU Providence Campus, it serves as a resource for students, faculty, staff and parents across all four campuses.

Guiding Principles

  • To provide a welcoming space that promotes a supportive and open-minded environment for the university community
  • To promote a feminist viewpoint, strive to achieve gender parity and celebrate individual markers of identity
  • To make resources related to women’s history and health, gender-based violence, sexual orientation and identity, and relevant activist organizations available to the university community
  • To offer support services and referrals for survivors of sexual and relationship violence and acts of bias based on sexual orientation
  • To coordinate learning opportunities that enrich the academic experience and help develop critical thinking
  • To advocate for institutional consideration of programs, practices and/or policies to improve gender and sexual orientation equality

Resources We Offer

The Gender Equity Center director and student staff are available to talk one-on-one with students seeking support and assistance for a range of personal issues.

Our library features books, videos, resource files, brochures, videos and magazines for student use. We also have a referral lists for resources within the university and the community.

In addition, our lounge is a relaxing environment to stop in to check your email, read, join a discussion group, pick up free safer sex supplies, or relax with a complimentary cup of coffee or tea. We look forward to welcoming you!

Work for Us

The center is staffed by a professional director and two student assistants, as well as work-study student staff and volunteers. Any JWU community member is welcome to volunteer. If you’re eligible for work-study and are interested in working for us, talk to Student Employment or stop by our office.

Contact Us
Wales Hall, 1st floor
Mon-Thu, 9am-7:30pm (after 5pm, please use the Pine Street entrance)
Friday, 9am-4pm (or by appointment)
Korina Anja Ramsland, director: 401-598-2248
Student Assistants: 401-598-2133
Fax: 401-598-2016



Does the Gender Equity Center test for pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections (STIs)? We are not a medical center, and as such, we do not offer any testing. JWU Health Services does offer pregnancy testing. We can also help you make an appointment for confidential pregnancy and/or STI testing at a local clinic.

Does the Gender Equity Center offer personal counseling? The center is not staffed by a professional counselor but can assist to connect students to free personal counseling with JWU’s Counseling Services. The director is available to listen and will assist with referrals for further assistance.

Students interested in scheduling an appointment can contact the Student Counseling Center at 401-598-1016. In an emergency or after normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm), please contact Safety & Security at 401-598-1103 to be connected to a counselor.

Many issues are not crisis-related. Students, parents, faculty and staff are welcome to call or stop in to talk.

I think I’ve had an unwanted sexual experience, what do I do? First, attempt to get to a safe place.

Counseling Services provides free confidential services for JWU students, including sexual assault support services. Consult Counseling Services for detailed information about seeking prompt medical attention, reporting an assault, and finding strong post-assault support, as well as JWU and local resources.

If you have experienced sexual assault in the past and are looking for support and assistance, the Gender Equity Center and Counseling Services offer a wide variety of resources for survivors. Also, Day One RI is Rhode Island’s sexual assault & trauma resource center and offers counseling, advocacy and prevention education programs.

Why should I get involved in the Gender Equity Center? It's your center! Anyone is welcome to volunteer in a variety of capacities. You can work with existing programs or coordinate new ones. Stop in today to see how you can get active!

For more information call the Gender Equity Center at 401-598-1138 or email Center director Korina Anja Ramsland

Services Offered

The Gender Equity Center’s director and student staff members are available to talk with students seeking support, programming assistance, referral, or general information.

Crisis Assistance

In the case of a crisis, we urge students to contact Counseling Services, Safety & Security or call 911. Keep in mind, however, that we are an additional source of respectful support outside an immediate crisis. If a student has been harassed, assaulted, and/or is the victim of a hate crime, we can offer support, assistance with reporting, and help identifying resources. We’ve also created a page where students can go to learn more about gauging consent, as well as campus, local and online sexual assault prevention and support.

The Gender Equity Center will make every effort to respect an individual’s privacy and confidentiality. However, we cannot guarantee confidentiality in specific circumstances. Although we may be obliged to report some information to the appropriate authorities we will only disclose necessary personal information to the entities we are required to involve.

Support for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Students

Students struggling with sexual identity, coming out, gender identity, and/or gender expression are encouraged to visit the center for support. The Center offers individuals to connect with, referral to resources, educational programming, and respect for a person’s unique identity. Students also can connect with the LGTBQ Resource Center in Counseling Services.

Resources and Referrals

Our library features books, videos, resource files, brochures, videos and magazines for student and faculty use. We also have a referral lists for resources within the university and the community.

Programming and Projects

We offer large and small scale programs on a variety of topics, including: feminism, gender stereotypes, heterosexism, global women’s issues, gender in the workplace, sexual harassment and assault, dating violence and healthy relationships. Our programming integrates nationally known programming models, adapted for our JWU campus community. The Center’s director is certified in MVP: Mentors in Violence Prevention and Green Dot Violence Prevention Strategy.

Tweet Out Loud (TOL) conversation groups are held throughout the year in the Gender Equity Center’s Wales Hall lounge and residence halls. TOL is designed as a facilitated peer discussion group regarding a shared experience. TOL groups have been held for those who identify as women, those who identify as men, and for individuals who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or questioning sexual orientations.

Contact the Gender Equity Center at 401-598-1138 to discover our upcoming programs, or to suggest a program that you’d like to see us offer.


Sexual Assault Prevention and Support Services

Students who wish to discuss a situation in complete confidence should notify only JWU Counseling Services or off-campus confidential resources.

Please be aware that all JWU employees, including: professional staff, faculty, and certain student staff (such as Resident Assistants) have limited confidentiality and must report cases of sexual misconduct to Safety & Security.

Campus, Local and Online Support & Resources

Counseling Services maintains a thorough list of campus, local and online support services and resources.

Gauging Consent

Consensual sexual activity happens when each partner willingly chooses to participate through words, attitudes or actions. Open communication about desires and expectations is critical to obtain and give consent. The full JWU Sexual Assault policy can be found in the Providence Campus Student Handbook.

Red: Signs You Should Stop

  • You and your partner are too drunk or high to give consent.
  • Your partner is asleep or passed out.
  • Your partner says ‘no’ or indicates that s/he wants to stop.

Yellow: Signs you should pause and talk

  • You feel like you are getting mixed signals.
  • Your partner has not indicated what s/he is okay with.
  • Your partner stops or is not responsive.

Green: Keep communicating

  • Everyone comes to a mutual decision about what is happening.
  • Everyone clearly expresses their comfort with the situation.
  • You feel your decision will be respected if you change your mind.

Important Time Frames

In the event of an assault, keep in mind the following time frames for emergency contraception, sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing and evidence collection:

  • Three days (up to 72 hours) from incident for emergency contraception and some potential STI prevention
  • Four days (up to 96 hours) from incident for evidence collection (only available at hospital emergency departments)

An individual requesting medical care at a hospital emergency department has the right to request an advocate from the Victims of Crime Helpline, 800-494-8100.