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Name: University of Houston. Women’s Resource Center

Historical Note:

The Women’s Resource Center (WRC) opened on Tuesday, March 9, 2004 as a result of the recommendations of the University Commission on Women (UCW).  In September 1999, President Arthur K. Smith appointed 24 UH-affiliated women to the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women for a two-year period to address the issues and concerns of women on the University of Houston campus. The Commission was created to examine the lack of women in higher administrative positions and the workplace climate for women on campus. The Commission was later expanded to include men. The Commission’s first action was to undertake a campus-wide survey and developed a report with numerous recommendations, one of which was the creation of a university supported Women’s Resource Center. The recommendation was realized with the opening of the WRC in 2004.

The goals of the WRC are to provide a comfortable place where UH students, staff, and faculty can seek information on a variety of topics, obtain confidential referrals to appropriate campus and community resources, and discuss issues of concern; to educate the University of Houston community on topics that concern women with a special focus on violence against women due to gender, sexual identity, race, or disability; to identify and research issues that affect University of Houston women; to serve as a liaison between women on campus and the administration, often by working with the University Commission on Women; and to celebrate the achievements of University of Houston women by featuring a UH female faculty, staff or student each month on our web site in the "Spotlight" feature.

Sources: Women’s Resource Center Webpage: http://www.uh.edu/wrc
Note Author: Timothy Wyatt

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