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Women's Center

Location:  Student Center 231  Hours:  7a.m.-8p.m. Mon-Friday (507) 537-6294


The Women’s Center provides a safe and welcoming place for all students, and is committed to creating a campus marked by gender equity and inclusiveness.  The center provides supportive and educational resources related to diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, sexual health, and social equity.

Given the rich array of life experiences that characterize the SMSU community, we are committed to understanding and responding to the ways in which gender intersects with sexual orientation, race, class, ethnicity, nationality, religion, and all aspects of individual and social identities to create unique experiences of oppression and privilege. 

We promote a campus community that respects the perspectives and life experiences of all students.  The center seeks to empower all members of the campus community to learn and flourish in an educational environment that is inclusive and free from discrimination and harassment.   


Meeting Space: The Women’s Center offers a welcoming environment with couches, a table and chairs for studying or meeting, a reading chair, and a computer. Our resource section includes free safer sex supplies and menstrual products, information on campus and community resources, plus craft supplies for those seeking art therapy. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to spend time in the center, enjoy a beverage, meet with others, browse the library, and make use of our free resources.

Lending Library: The Women’s offers a collection of books and journals on topics such as feminism and its history, gender and sexuality, women’s literature, critical race theory, queer theory, sexual health and pleasure, activism, and more.   

Community Resources:  The Women’s Center offers a variety of referrals for community agencies relating to women’s and LGBTQ+ issues like sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and domestic abuse, as well as information on birth control and STIs, hormone therapy, and counseling.

Campus education:   The Women’s Studies Committee and the Women’s Center offers annual workshops and presentations that increase visibility of women’s, men’s, and LGBTQ+diverse identities, promote safe space and ally training, encourage anti-sexual violence awareness, and educate about other issues that affect these communities.

Women’s Studies Minor:  Examine women’s roles in society and culture with an interdisciplinary Women’s Studies minor at SMSU.

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Meditation and Lactation Rooms: SMSU provides two private lactation rooms that offer quiet spaces to nurse or pump throughout the weekday. These spaces are available to all students, faculty, staff and visitors at the hours below.

  • Bellow’s Academic 249  Available Monday-Friday, 7a.m.- 8 p.m
    This room provides a lockable door, a comfortable chair and table, and a small refrigerator to store pumping equipment during the day. Resources on breastfeeding, health, and tips for nursing are also available at this location.
  • Student Center 231 (Women’s Center) Available Monday-Friday, 7 am to 8 pm
    This room provides a lockable door, a comfortable chair and table, and a small refrigerator. A kitchenette with sink and small refrigerator is available within the Women’s Center.

Sensory-Friendly Room: The Women’s Center includes a side room dedicated to providing a sensory escape from the complexities of a day at the University. The room features a comfortable couch, blankets, stuffed animals, relaxing music, fidgets, and other tools to help recenter ourselves.

Last Modified: 9/24/19 11:50 AM