The Women’s Centre is open to all genders and provides a space to meet new people, discuss and organize. The Centre hosts educational workshops and promotes issues relevant to the campus community. In addition to our regular programming, we offer free condoms, menstrual products, lube, gloves, dental dams and a wide variety of on and off-campus information.
Community Outreach Program
The USSU Women’s Centre is pleased to offer this new program in partnership with a variety of local community organizations. The Community Outreach Program allows USSU Women’s Centre volunteers to become involved in difference programs that are available at these local organizations as a way of learning more about social issues that go beyond the campus community.
Centre volunteers operate informal discussion groups open to anyone who wishes to attend. There are three groups that operate regularly: a parenting discussion group, a reproductive choices discussion group and a body image discussion group. Occasionally other groups are run depending on the interest of the volunteers.
The Women’s Centre hosts/participates in four major events throughout the year: Sexual Assault Awareness Week, Take Back the Night, The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, I Need Feminism, and International Women’s Day. Depending on volunteer interests, other events can be held and other days recognized. Some of these events are planned in collaboration with other USSU Centres and women’s groups.
Information and Resources
The Centre has an active partnership with a number of women-centered groups both on and off campus. We provide information about services offered by these other community groups as well as partner with them for a number of events that are focused on women’s interests and issues. The Women’s Centre is a sex-positive space, we provide free condoms, lube, gloves, dental dams and sex information. We also provide free menstrual products.
We provide students with a library of over 1000 books. Our literature is centered on issues of immediate concern to women. The library is continually being expanded.
Parent Emergency Contact Program
This program has received national recognition and is one of the integral services offered by the Women’s Centre. PECP allows the childcare provider to contact parents while on campus or in class.
Women’s Centre volunteers are trained in women’s issues, including pregnancy and crisis intervention, and offer informed, confidential support. When necessary, students may be referred to an appropriate organization, counselor, doctor or other professional.
The Centre provides an up to date list of physicians, lawyers, and daycares in the city.
The Centre invites facilitators to lead monthly workshops on a wide variety of issues. These workshops are organized by volunteers and are open to anyone who is interested.