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Women*s Center


The Women*s Center offers a range of resources to the WSU Community, including food assistance, activity space, and 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. 

  • 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 specific 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, mini-fridge, shelving, 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, and a power strip near the chair and couch.


    Our thanks go to Sydney Pederson, who captured the spirit of this room.  We love displaying her work, and greatly appreciate her thoughtfulness.

    couch, chair, and lamp in lounge

    Couch and chair in lounge

    Desk with side lamp, shelves, and small fridge

    Desk with fridge, shelves, and side lamp

    painting of a green woman holding a baby

    Sydney's gift

  • Rosario*s Place

    Rosario's Place is a community food pantry for WSU students.  The pantry is open whenever Wilson-Short Hall is unlocked.  Food is available for any WSU student.

    We also offer student-parents free, gently used clothing for children five and younger, as well as books, small toys, diapering products, limited baby gear, and feminine hygiene products.

    This resource is supported entirely by donations from WSU and the surrounding community.  Our community is generous, and we're glad to be part of efforts to take care of each other.

    LOCATION If you are interested in visiting Rosario's Place, you'll find it in Room 8HA on the ground floor of Wilson-Short Hall.  

    If you have any questions, anyone on staff a the Women*s Center will be happy to help you.


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


    • 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.

    Shelves filled with food donations.

    Below is a list of items we like to offer in our space.  We tell those that are getting donations to grab things you would like to eat yourself.
    • Canned beans
    • Dried beans and lentils
    • Peanut butter
    • Oat Meal
    • Canned Fruits
    • Canned Vegetables
    • Soups/Cup of Soups
    • Canned tuna
    • Canned Chicken
    • Packaged Tuna Flavors
    • Spam/Spam flavors
    • Rice (various kinds)
    • Unsalted/Salted Nuts
    • Whole Grain Pastas
    • Popcorn
    • Low Sugar Cereals
    • Canned Tomatoes
    • Honey
    • Chicken, beef, and vegetable broths and stock
    • Sauces
    • Various Spices to add to veggies, beans, and other things
    • Easy to make Box/canned meals
    • Personal Hygiene Products
    • Toothpaste
    • Toothbrushes
    • Soap (dish, clothes, hair, and body)
    • Diapers (Age 0 to 5)

    We cannot accept perishable items because we have no way of refrigerating them or keeping an eye on freshness.  We also cannot accept used baby furniture and/or breast pumps.

    Books and clothing in Rosario's Place

  • Scholarship Opportunity

    Women's Center Student Achievement Scholarship

    The WSU Women's Center awards one or two scholarships a year to students who apply and meet the necessary criteria. The awardee(s) will be chosen by the 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 an 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 committee takes grades, unmet financial need, and additional challenges that students face in seeking success into account when choosing the awardee(s). 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.

  • Women's, Gender, 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.