Purpose Statement

I began “Beyond WCenter” as a personal project to provide a reflective space to process my experiences as the director of a university women’s center. Working in a women’s center is a unique and rich opportunity that fundamentally changed me as a student affairs professional, as an educator, as a feminist, and as a person. And, when I left my position and moved across the country in the summer of 2013 to join my partner in Michigan and start a PhD program, I was left needing a space to deconstruct, share, and collectively analyze the vast personal transformation that had taken place within my life as a result of working in a job that was so enriching. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t all “feminist fantasy land”… I faced challenges, too (some more successfully than others). My hope is that this blog will help me articulate (for myself and perhaps for others) how challenges within a feminist space may look different than those in other administrative or student affairs offices. Opinions and recollections of the events that transpired within the women’s center are my own.