WGAC Mission Statement
Women and Gender Advocacy Center provides programs and resources focusing on all genders, social justice, and interpersonal violence prevention. Additionally, WGAC provides advocacy and support for victims of sexual violence, stalking, sexual harassment and relationship violence. Our purpose is to provide a safe and affirming space for the students we serve at Colorado State University, while supporting systemic change to end all forms of oppression within our community.
Women and Gender Advocacy Center (WGAC) Guiding Philosophy Statement:
As a Center, we are committed to engaging in work that centers on gender and intersectionality. We believe that it is the role and responsibility of our office to cultivate a safe and inclusive environment for all students that supports their development and retention. Much of the work of our office focuses on interpersonal violence prevention and intervention. Our educational focus centers on holding people accountable for actions that harm others, educating about consent and positive ways to engage in healthy sexuality, and teaching bystander intervention strategies so that all individuals can be involved in interrupting potential violent situations.
When advocating for survivors of interpersonal violence, we view ourselves as a supportive and confidential resource. It is our role and responsibility to focus on the needs of the survivor in any given moment. We educate about resources available on and off campus and facilitate the connection to the resources chosen by the survivor. We advocate both for individual survivors and for all survivors on a systemic level. We acknowledge that survivors’ social identities will impact their experience of the assault, disclosure and engagement with offices, departments and systems. Our goal is to work to ameliorate systemic oppression that may create additional barriers for survivors accessing resources.
Our philosophy about interpersonal violence prevention and intervention strategies is supported by research. For additional information on these topics, please see the following resources:
Banyard, V.L., Plante, E.G., & Moynihan, M.M. (2005). Rape prevention through bystander education: Bringing a broader community
perspective to sexual violence prevention. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice.
Katz, J. (n.d.) Building a big tent approach to ending men’s violence. Washington, DC: U.S.Department of Justice.
Barone, R.P., Wolgemuth, J.R., & Linder, C. (2007). Preventing sexual assault through engaging college men. Journal of College
Student Development, 48(5), 585-594.
Ahrens, C.E., Campbell, R., Ternier-Thames, N.K., Wasco, S.M., & Sefl, T. (2007). Deciding whom to tell: Expectations and outcomes
of rape survivors’ first disclosures. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 31, 38-49.
Bryant-Davis, T., Chung, H., & Tillman, S. (2009). From the margins to the center: Minority women and the mental health effects of
sexual assault. Trauma, Violence & Abuse, 10, 330-357.
Carr, J.L. (2005). Campus violence white paper. Baltimore, MD: American College Health Association.