Kathleen Converse to Lead Center for Gender Equity

In July, Kathleen Converse will transition from her role as Campus Wellness coordinator to the director of the Center for Gender Equity (CGE).​ In this transition Campus Wellness will no longer exist as an office, though some of its mission will be embedded within the scope of the Center for Gender Equity.

The new Center for Gender Equity will continue to provide support services, education, community partnerships, and activism around issues of gender and sexuality. This is a space for people of all genders and sexual identities to come learn and build community. The center seeks to promote womxn’s empowerment, healthy masculinities, LGBTQ+ issues, reproductive rights, sexual health, positive body image, and healthy relationships.

The interpersonal violence advocacy and prevention work, previously provided by Campus Wellness, will now reside in CGE. The alcohol and other drug prevention work, previously embedded in the mission of Campus Wellness, will become a shared responsibility of Residence Life, Student Conduct, Student Health Center, and the Student Counseling Center, with each making a unique contribution. 

Through the Center for Gender Equity, we will be increasing our support for students experiencing interpersonal violence by creating an Interpersonal Violence Advocacy Network. This summer a group of faculty and staff members are completing the 40-hour advocacy training from the Oregon Attorney General's Sexual Assault Task Force. These individuals will be able to provide confidential support for students who have had unwanted sexual experiences, are concerned about their relationships, or are experiencing stalking. Students can contact advocates directly or complete an Advocacy Request Form on the Support at Pacific webpage.

With this change, the Center for Gender Equity will carry out its activities in new space in Clark Hall. An update on when this space comes available will be made soon. Please feel free to connect with Kathleen Converse should you have any questions or want to partner with her in supporting our students.

We are grateful to Dr. Martha Rampton who founded the Center for Gender Equity in 2002 and has led the effort to develop student leaders in this important endeavor. We have worked with Martha to plan for this transition and to ensure her lasting legacy. We have great confidence that with this transition the Center for Gender Equity will successfully carry out its mission to provide a space for community and support, advocate for students at risk, and educate the entire community on gender equity issues.
Sarah Phillips, Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
Jaye Cee Whitehead, Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
Narce Rodriguez, Chief Equity Officer
Mark Ankeny, VP for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

Wednesday, July 3, 2019