Galerstein Gender Center

Our History

Carolyn Lipshy Galerstein

Carolyn Galerstein

Just as women provide the basis for ancestral structure in the created society, they supply the point of view, the thematic substance, and the dominant interest.

Excerpt from: Feminine Concerns in Contemporary Spanish Fiction by Women By Carolyn Galerstein, Scripta Humanistica, 1988.

Who Do We Think We Are?

Two rooms, a desk, and a chair…

The idea of a campus proposal to formalize support for women at UT Dallas began with discussions of female faculty who were meeting regularly as the Association for Professional Women (APW), which was primarily established in the early 90’s to address institutional policy issues, recruitment of faculty women, work climate, tenure, equity, maternity leave. Work towards intentional change was begging to be continued, as the original seeds were already planted through the efforts of Dr. Carolyn Lipshy Galerstein, the first female dean at UT Dallas and a fierce advocate for women and education. The landscape started changing and growing at UT Dallas, acknowledging that campus diversity was not only here, but essential to moving forward as a top tier university.

With two rooms, a desk, and chair, the Carolyn Lipshy Galerstein Women’s Center began in the old Student Life Suite of the Student Union. It was a warm and humid August in 1996. Our new Student Affairs colleagues welcomed us somewhat hesitantly as we stormed in, roamed the campus, knocked on doors and asked the question, “what do you want in a Women’s Center”? We assured our campus neighbors that we would not be burning bras in front of Founders, but that that we might be loud and proud. Women were in the minority, but RISING. We were educating the campus on the wage gap between men and women by serving 77% of a cookie for Pay Equity Day. We invited Gloria Steinem to tell us more feminist stories, and encouraged women to continue to be advocates for each other.

The GGC answered the call for support by counseling and advising on discrimination and equity issues, launched campus-wide training on sexual assault prevention, addressing safety, lighting and blue call boxes on campus, initiated the annual flu shot program for staff and a visiting mammogram van, identified gender-neutral bathrooms, established the first dedicated lactation facility, and invited students, staff, faculty, and community to proactively participate in wellness activities such as yoga, meditation, and feminist retreats. We recruited women of distinction from national campuses to speak on their accomplishments, invited industry professionals to share their journey, all the while honoring accomplished students, staff, and faculty women at UT Dallas. We advised and mentored student organizations who expressed a passion for feminism, advocacy, and service for community. The LGBT+ community was acknowledged, needs assessments were performed, town halls and community dialogues were held, and the GGC became the guiding force in developing SAFE ZONE Ally Trainings, scholarships, policy review, advocacy and community education to support gender equity and an inclusive environment. We became a vital branch under the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement, renamed the Galerstein Gender Center, and continue to advocate for gender diversity at UT Dallas.

Today, our Center is located on the fourth floor of the Student Services Building, SSB 4.300, home to many of our drop-in visitors. Find out how you can be involved in one of the most recognized campus gender centers in the country, with a 5 out 5 five ranking for LGBT+ friendliness at UT Dallas on the National Pride Index. WHOOOSH!

 

 
Office:
Student Services Building, 4th floor
SSB 4.300
Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Contact:
972-883-6555 (phone)
972-883-6558 (fax)
[email protected]
      



Address:
The University of Texas at Dallas
Galerstein Gender Center
800 W. Campbell Road, SSB41
Richardson, TX 75080-3021