Stand by the girl and let her save herself

By Stephanie Garrett

So now that women at the U of C have gotten “centred,” what’s next? The Women’s Resource Centre has been open since Oct. 18 and the place has not stopped buzzing with activity, laughter and wonderful new ideas that are helping women of diverse backgrounds to connect. The WRC is a women-focused space but we are pleased with the number of men who volunteer with us and have shown a great interest in our mission and mandate.

So what can you do at the WRC? It’s as simple as coming up for your lunch in a quiet place when Mac Hall is too busy (we have a microwave, tea and coffee). You could study, meet new friends, or even better: get involved in one of our many programs and events. All of our strength comes from our volunteers. We employ a peer-based model that encourages students to interact with professors as well as staff and community. On any given day, you never know who you might be sitting next to or the conversations you might become a part of.

Celebramos mujeres, nous celebrons les femmes: we celebrate women from all backgrounds, places and in all situations. Our Women of Colour Collective offers a chance to discuss issues of race, ethnicity and religion and the myths surrounding women in various religions. Our Women’s Global Voices pairs international women on campus with other women on campus who are familiar with the language, Canadian culture and lifestyle. Beyond the Sheets is an attempt to connect women with their bodies, to focus on women-specific health and to bring up important issues on sexuality.

Are you in the last year of your degree? Are you worried about where you could go from here? We are piloting a unique mentorship/leadership program that is women-specific and will pair you with a woman working in your desired field. You will gain valuable knowledge that will help you focus your search, understand what you want for your future, and most importantly, learn more about yourself as a potential leader.

Are you interested in volunteering for the WRC but don’t have room in your class schedule? Simple–we will advocate on your behalf to try and get course credit for your work with us. There are many ways to contribute and much learning, sharing and teaching to experience. Drop by for an hour in between classes, a semester of volunteering or a lifetime! At least join us for a tea and some wonderful goodies every Tuesday afternoon. All are welcome!

Please check out our website at, or you can drop in at MSC 318 on the third floor of Mac Hall, across from the Gauntlet.