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Women's Center


The resources we offer range from food assistance to activity space to skill building for leadership development.  Many of our resources are student-driven and community-supported, and we see them as an integral part of a seamless learning and living environment. 

  • Food Pantry at Rosario's Place

    cans of soup and beans

    Food for All at Rosario's Place

    Not only does Rosario's Place provide gently used clothing for children and feminine hygiene products, but we also have food! The food pantry is open whenever Wilson-Short Hall is unlocked. Food is available for any WSU student.

    The food is donated by people at WSU and in the surrounding community. Our selection varies greatly, but often includes snacks and quick lunch items as well as canned and dry goods. We know that financial aid can be late coming in, or that people sometimes forget to pack a lunch for a long day - please don't hesitate to come by for a cup of noodles!

    We appreciate the generosity of our community very much, and we're glad to be able to help provide this resource to students who need it. Resources like this one grow out of perceived community need. The university is taking steps to address food insecurity in a number of ways. We're just glad to do our bit to make life a bit easier for hungry Cougs.

    shelves of canned and boxed food

    To Visit

    To access our food pantry please come to the Women's Center in Room 8 on the Ground Floor of Wilson-Short Hall anytime during normal business hours.  Anyone on staff will be happy to help you. Contact us if you have any questions!

    To Donate

    • Donations are accepted anytime during normal operating hours.
    • We can only accept shelf-stable food in its original packaging.
    • We may re-donate food to other area food banks if it isn't likely to be used here.

  • Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies

    Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 

    Washington State University's Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program offers a major in Women's Studies, along with two minors: Women's Studies and Queer Studies. Students are also welcome to take WGSS courses without certifying in the major or minor(s) as well. 

    For more information on the program, including Professors, major/minor requirements, and courses being offered, please visit the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program website.

    Fall 2019 Course Offerings:

    To be updated... 

    For more information on these courses, visit the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies website. 

  • Lavender Lounge / Lactation Space

    corner of a room with comfortable furniture and art

    The Lavender Lounge and Lactation Space

    This recently updated space provides a private, comfortable place to feed a child or use a breast pump. It's also available for meditation, prayer, quiet contemplation, meetings, interviews, cat nap and as a casual lounge area when not otherwise in use. If you need to reserve it for a particular time, you may do so using our online reservation form or contact us directly. You're also welcome to walk in at any time. 

    Room Amenities

    Comfy couch and chairs, Dedicated Mini-fridge, Shelving, Pack & Play, Nursing Pillow, Clorox Wipes, A kitchen sink nearby, White noise machine, Blankets, Pillows, Privacy Film on Windows, Lock the door from the inside, Lamp Lighting, Power Strip near chair and couch

    We think it's important that student parents have the resources they need to succeed, which is why we provide both this lactation station and Rosario's Place. Please don't hesitate to get in touch!

    Our thanks go to Sydney Pederson, who captured the spirit of this room and the Center as a whole in her artwork. We love displaying her work, and greatly appreciated her thoughtfulness. 

    We're always grateful when our students and friends share their talents with us!

    painting of a green woman holding a baby

  • Library - New Updates!

  • Rosario's Place

    Rosario's Place was created to offer student-parents quality, free, and gently used clothing for children 6 and younger years of age and has expanded to include books, small toys, diapering products, and limited baby gear. Our food pantry is housed within Rosario's Place as well. Access to this service is FREE to all WSU students. Contact us for more information or to arrange a visit! 

    We're proud to be able to offer this resource to WSU's hard-working student parents. Rosario's Place is supported entirely by donations from WSU and the surrounding community - and, in fact, many of our donors are also people who use the resource. Our community is generous, and we're glad to be part of efforts to take care of each other.

    To Visit

    If you are interested in visiting Rosario's Place, you'll find it in Room 8HA on the Ground Floor of Wilson-Short Hall, near the elevator. It's located adjacent to the Women's Center, which is in Room 8. Rosario's Place is always open, and anyone on staff at the Women's Center will be happy to help you if you have questions. 

    To Donate

    • Donations are accepted anytime during normal operating hours.
    • Rosario’s Place accepts new or gently used children’s clothing and shoes (0-5 years), children's books and toys, and new diapers and hygiene products.
    • Please note that the Women's Center cannot accept open packages or large items such as baby furniture.
    • Clothing must be clean and folded neatly in boxes or bags, and all books/toys must be in excellent condition.
    • All new disposable diapers, wipes, creams, oils, powders, and feeding tools must be in original, unopened packaging.
    • Items not used after 90 days become the property of the Women's Center and may be donated to a charity of our choice.
    two students standing with a full table of donations

    room full of baby clothes and food

  • Scholarship Opportunity

    Women's Center Student Achievement Scholarship

    The WSU Women's Center is able to award one or two scholarships a year to students who apply and meet the necessary criteria. The awardee(s) will be chosen by committee after the scholarship deadline (April 20, 2019) has passed. The application form is available online. The application process includes a brief personal statement, two letters of recommendation, and your current academic transcript (unofficial is acceptable).

    Your personal statement should address the following questions:

    1. Why do you believe you deserve this scholarship? How have you achieved success, academically or otherwise?
    2. How will this scholarship help you reach your academic and career goals?
    3. What challenges have you faced as you've sought an education?
    4. How have you been involved with the Women's Center and/or Coalition for Women Students?
    5. How would this scholarship help address unmet financial need?

    One of your letters of recommendation must be from a faculty member who can describe your academic work; the other can be from anyone who can speak to your character, challenges, needs, or goals, faculty or otherwise, as long as that person is not a relative.

    This scholarship both rewards past achievement and looks toward supporting students in their future endeavors. The Women's Center can take into account grades, unmet financial need, and additional challenges that students face in seeking success. To qualify, undergraduates must have a minimum GPA of 2.5, and graduates a minimum GPA of 3.0.  If you  have any questions about this process, please email us or stop by the Women's Center, on the ground floor of Wilson-Short Hall, during normal business hours Monday through Friday.

  • Study Room

    room with table and chairs

    students working in computer lab

    Come to the WC Study Room!

    This sunflower-yellow room is a free resource provided to WSU students by the Women’s Center. There is a desktop computer available as well as a table that works well for small groups. We have a charging station for your electronic devices and a full-spectrum light if you need to stave off the winter blues. We often also have cups of noodles available if you need a quick lunch while you're studying! This room can be reserved using our reservation form.

  • Women's Center Main Room

    view of women's center front room from door
    lounge with cougar rug, chairs, TV

    The Women's Center Main Room

    When you first walk into the center, you'll see a chalkboard wall in front of you and a cougar rug to the right. This room, which normally has seating for 5, can be used for much larger groups by bringing in more chairs. We show films on the TV, which can also be used for presentations. This is generally a drop-in space full of great conversations, ideas, and snacks - please don't hesitate to stop by and check it out. You can even leave your mark on the chalkboard.

    This room can be reserved for events. Please use our online reservation form to request it. Note that events during the normal working day might be difficult for us to schedule, because this lounge is the entrance to the Women's Center; people will occasionally walk in. If you need a space without interruptions, the Library or Lavender Lounge might meet your needs. 

    Our main room also houses our safer sex supplies and information pamphlets about different resources on and off campus. Most of the time, there will be someone at the desk if you need help with anything - if not, please ring the bell! It is very important to us that we create a genuinely welcoming and inclusive space, so please don't hesitate to let us know how we're doing.