Gender Equity 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 at JWU’s 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 and referral services 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 to students seeking support and assistance for a range of personal issues.

Counseling services are also available on campus, including consultations, assistance with referrals and educational support groups.

Contact Us
Korina Anja Ramsland, director: 401-598-2248
Main: 401-598-1138
Student Assistants: 401-598-2133
Fax: 401-598-2016

Sexual Assault Support Services and Resources

Students who wish to discuss a situation in complete confidence should notify only 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.

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 Charlotte 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)

Request an advocate by calling United Family Services, Rape Crisis at 704-375-9900 for accompaniment during the report of a sexual assault.

Campus and Local Contacts

Local Police Departments:

  • Emergency: 911
  • Charlotte Mecklenburg Police: 704-336-7600


JWU Counseling Services (confidential): 980-598-1700
Safety & Security: 980-598-1900 (after hours, they’ll direct you to on-call counseling)
Health Services: 980-598-1700
Title IX Coordinator: 401-598-2716
Gender Equity Center: 401-598-2248
Residence Life: 980-598-1800
Dean of Students: 980-598-1830
Student Conduct: 980-598-1820


  • United Family Services, Rape Crisis Hotline: 704-375-9900
  • United Family Services, office: 704-332-9034
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline (24-hour): 800-656-HOPE (4673)
  • Love Is Respect (24-7): Chat online with an advocate or text “loveis” to an advocate at 77054

Medical Assistance
You do not need to report an assault to police to receive medical services or evidence collection.