Center for Gender Equity

The Center for Gender Equity (promotes dialogue, programming, service, research, education and advocacy to support gender equity at Pacific University and in its neighboring communities. The center offers the following.

  • Academics, including a minor in gender and sexuality studies
  • Programming, such as speakers, plays and workshops
  • Advocacy activities supporting marriage equality, HIV/AIDS prevention and research, and an end to sexual assault and domestic violence
  • Service, including camps and workshops for youth, minorities and women in the community

The Center for Gender Equity (CGE) is open to everyone on Pacific University’s campuses and in the community, regardless of gender. We seek opportunities to cooperate with any group, as long as that collaboration furthers the mission of CGE. Services and programming reach out to all genders.

Tenth Annual Girls Today Conference set for Friday, Oct. 10

Girls age 12 to 15 are invited to a workshop

Pacific University's Center for Gender Equity and The American Association of University Women invite girls ages 12 through 15 to a one-day seminar on Friday, Oct. 10 to discuss diverse issues important to girls’ future and a well-rounded education.  The tenth annual Girls Today Conference is designed to provide girls an opportunity to speak and be heard with the aid of trained facilitators.  Public schools will not hold classes on Oct. 10 because it is a statewide teacher-training day.

Date:  October 10, 2014
Place:  The Creamery, 2017 21st, Forest Grove, Oregon
Time:  8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Cost:  $10.00*

Consent Form:  Each participant will require a consent form.  Please bring the signed form on the day of the conference (copies of the form will also be available at the sign-in desk), or fax it to (503 352 3195) or email it to

Consent Form – English

Consent Form - Spanish

The summit will include an opening session, a forum about college, small group sessions on specific issues facilitated by students from Pacific’s School of Professional Psychology, a self-defense workshop, campus tour, and a free Girls Today t-shirt for all participants.

Parents Meeting:  There will be an optional parents meeting at which the coordinator of the psychology team will talk about the need for and benefits of conferences such at Girls Today and explain the events taking place during the day:  8:45 to 9:30, Old College Hall, 2043 College Way.

To register, go to  For more information contact  On-line Registration will close at 10:00 am on October 9th.  It is possible to register at the door the day of the event if space permits.

*Scholarships are available to cover the fee. For information contact

The American Association of University Women has identified problems such as sexual harassment, violence, early substance abuse, poor communication with parents, and body image as critical issues for adolescent girls.  The conference and others like it shed light on these challenges while letting girls express themselves and propose strategies to address their common concerns.  Workshops like these engage girls in critical thought and constructive problem solving, while demonstrating that adults care about their educational and personal development.

The mission of Pacific University’s Center for Gender Equity is to support gender equality through dialogue, programming, service, education, research, and advocacy in order to facilitate collaborative, humane, and sustainable University, local, and global communities.  The American Association of University Women advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research.