Center for Women & Gender Equity

A Message from the Director of the Center for Women & Gender Equity: Dear SMC Community, As we are in a pivotal moment in time, in the midst of a pandemic, as issues of racial injustice are finally coming to the forefront, as the college celebrates fifty years of women, we at the Center for Women & Gender Equity, are committed to continuing to provide you with a virtual safe place to land, opportunities to engage in anti-racism work in tandem with gender equity work while using our intersectional lens and a series, workshops and DIY activities aimed at helping us be the best versions of ourselves. Our theme this year is resilience and finding the silver lining in times of uncertainty.  Cheers to a year of resiliency and finding the silver lining. Sharon K. Sobotta

Please join our events virtually this year!

All events and office hours will be via the same zoom link: https://stmarys-ca.zoom.us/j/95746777507

The Center for Women & Gender Equity utilizes a collaborative, strength-based approach in supporting and advocating for students, promoting gender equity and inclusivity. It houses gender justice programming and shares space with the Office of Campus Assault Response and Education (CARE)

We are rooted in an empowerment model.

We are located on the ground level of Augustine Hall. Please come and visit us!

  • The Center for Women and Gender Equity is a hub of connection and community for women, non-binary, trans and students of all gender identities.

  • It seeks to support women and folks across the gender identity spectrum in their development as they work to find their place on campus, by helping them identify ways to be engaged that support the curricular experience and formulate a post-graduation plan.

  • It seeks to address marginalization and disparities in resources, support, access and opportunities based on gender, and/or sexual orientation, racial, cultural, religious or ideological identities through thoughtful dialogues, discussion, programming and advocacy.

  • It seeks to help make the voices of women and people across the gender identity spectrum audible by intentionally creating spaces for story sharing, story writing, spoken word and healing.

  • The Center is committed to the movement to end violence against women and people of all gender identities (which is a symptom of gender inequity). We work in close partnership with the Office of Sexual Assault & Violence Prevention to continue this work.