Grand Valley State University Women's Center

Mission, Vision, and Values

Mission

To create meaningful learning about women and gender and to advocate for gender justice through the education, engagement, and empowerment of women students and the greater GVSU community.

Vision

The GVSU Women’s Center envisions a world where gender justice is a reality and all forms of oppression are eradicated.  As such, we partner with students, faculty, and staff to offer the most comprehensive and progressive programs, services, and initiatives.

Defining Gender Justice

The Women’s Center defines gender justice as an on-going process, rooted in intersectionality, to dismantle systems of oppression in all spheres.

Core Values

The work of the Women’s Center is an outward demonstration of our values.  In all aspects – our daily administrative work, our programming, our advocacy and activism – we strive to make these values visible.  They serve as benchmarks for helping us constantly improve.

Diversity
We embrace the unique differences among people and the complexities of our multiple and intersecting identities.  

Equality
We acknowledge that oppression and inequities exist in society and strive to make opportunities and resources genuinely available and accessible to all.

Collaboration
At the core of our work lies our relationships with the campus and broader communities.

Advocacy
We work with individuals and within institutions to give voice and remove barriers to equality.

Activism
As catalysts for social change, we empower others and engage in intentional actions designed to improve the lives of people, communities and societies.

Student-Centered
It is our priority to learn from and with students and to partner with them in their lifelong learning.

Celebrative
We practice the ritual of celebration to recognize individuals and communities as we strive to reach our collective potential.

Learning    
We create and implement high impact educational practices that bridge research, theory and practice.

Mentoring
We are committed to providing developmental partnerships, both formally and informally, to enhance personal and professional growth.

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