The K-State Women’s Center, founded in 1973, is located upstairs in Holton Hall on K-State’s main campus. Our Center houses Wildcats Against Rape (W.A.R.), a student group formed in 2002 and focused on raising awareness about violence. Also in the Center is the SafeZone Program, which trains faculty, staff, and students in providing safe and knowledgeable resources for all in the campus community. The revitalized SafeZone program is a campus-wide volunteer organization created to improve reporting of sexual assault and other discriminatory or hateful acts and crimes, as well as to provide allies for LGBT students, faculty and staff with concerns.
The Women’s Center works with the K-State Campaign for Nonviolence (CNV) on many justice-related projects such as The Empty Bowls Project, Movies on the Grass, and Noontime Yoga for faculty, staff, students, and community. On the academic side, we worked with the College of Arts and Sciences on the development of its new 15-hour Nonviolence Studies Certificate Program. The P.E.E.R.S. (Proactive Educators for the Elimination of Rape and Sexual Violence) class is periodically taught by the Women's Center director and is founded on the belief that students can effectively educate each other on issues concerning rape and sexual/relationship violence. PEERS is offered as a two-semester, 3 credit seminar, providing in-depth training about the cultural, psychological, medical, criminal, and legal system aspects of sexual assault, followed by opportunities to present to organizations, living groups, and classes.
The Women's Center provides 24-hour assistance for K-State students who have been victimized by violence or who are threatened by biased, hateful, or criminal behavior, and with individuals who are filing complaints under K- Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Violence. We can assist students in working with offices and agencies on and off campus who help students with law enforcement, legal, medical, and academic concerns.
The office in 206 Holton is open to all faculty, staff, and students from 8am to 5pm.