The Davidson College Gender Resource Center serves as a welcoming environment that seeks to enhance the quality of life of all Davidson students by fostering community, improving gender relations, and facilitating awareness of sexual diversity and gender inequalities in our community and beyond. The Center is founded upon the conviction that women's issues are pertinent not to women only, but to everyone. Problems such as rape, sexual harrassment and eating disorders, and issues such as sexual orientation, reproduction, and parenting should be addressed by the netire community if we are to effect political and social change. The Center provides the resoruces and support necessary to facilitate discussion of gender, sexuality and identity; to foster intellectual, professional and personal development; and to promote equal and active participation from women and men in the college community. By setting this precedent, the Gender Resource Center confronts inequality, advocates change and challenges Davidson College to celebrate the full integration of women and men into the Davidson community.
-Gender Resurce Center
Founded 10 November, 1998
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Student Health Leaders
The Student Health Leaders organization at Davidson College was created to serve as an outlet for student concerns about thier health. It works to educate the Davidson community about thier health risks and options. It promotes healthy living in the Davidson Community through speakers, peer education, and events. By educating the students directly, we seek to empower them to have the freedom and the information to make descision best for their health and well being.
Some of the organizations recent events
Alcohol Awareness Week, Eating Disorder week, the dating game show Singled Out, workshops on therapeutic massage, stress relieving study breaks.
- Shaheen Counts
Student Health Leaders President '99
Women's Issues Committee
Because women's concerns about issues ranging from the dynamics of classroom discussion to international human rights is important to the Davidson community, the Women's Issues Committee seeks to promote programming around these topics. Recent events include a "Pornography, Censorship and Women's RIghts"debate with American Civil Liberties Union President Nadine Strossen, a visit with Gloria Steinem and a retreat to the Asheville area in addition to regular discussion-oriented meetings.
Rape Awareness Committee
The Rape Awareness Committee was founded in the Fall of 1997 with a three part goal: to found a group of trained First Reponders, students who are able to counsel and aid victims of sexual assault or rape; to examine, and if need be change the sexual misconduct policy, and educate the campus on the issue of the occurence of rape as a fact on the Davidson campus. Having accomplished these goals, we are looking forward to next semester, creating new programming to establish a campus environment sensitive to the issues of power and violence inherent in rape, while being supportive of the survivors who choose to break the silence.
Friends of Lesbians and Gays works to educate the Davidson campus about homosexuality and bisexuality, and attempts to increase tolerance for homosexuality on our campus. We want to preserve the rights of the gay, lesbian and bisexual community on campus, and insure that our campus is a safe and comfortable place for every individual, regardless of their sexual orientation. FLAG has been involved in a number of outreach efforts on campus. During PE 101 classes we have spoken to all freshmen about increasing acceptance of homosexuality at Davidson. We have presented activities focused on sparking discussion between faculty and students. At these gatherings we have read short stories or watched movies with themes of sexuality, then gathered to discuss those themes and their relevance to Davidson College.
Co-Chair: Jim Stuntz Co-Chair: Matt Billings Advisor: Mike Goode
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