The Carolyn Lipshy Galerstein Women's Center


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  • GWC Staff
  • Eating by Choice
  • Tea Tuesday
  • Living Under the Rainbow: Lesbian and Gay Parents and their Children
  • Book discussion with Sanderia Faye, Author of Mourner’s Bench
  • The Biomechanics of Human Lactation
  • Spring 2016 Ally Training
  • Start Smart 2016
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  • Girl Day - February 2015
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The Galerstein Women’s Center (GWC) has been in existence since 1996, representing gender issues in our campus and community. The Center actively promotes a prosperous and successful environment through mentoring, advising and professional counseling, equitable policy review, climate assessment, lectures addressing gender diversity and social justice, leadership development, community engagement, advocacy for the LGBTQ community, and development of child care resources.

The GWC is home to the only dedicated lactation space on campus for nursing mothers. We provide meeting, study space, and a lending library. We offer professional counseling services, diversity scholarships, internships, volunteer opportunities and organizational advising.

GWC initiatives are guided by the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement.

We invite you to visit the Center and find out how you can become involved.

Mission Statement:

The Galerstein Women’s Center is a campus resource that fosters a safe and inclusive environment by advocating for gender equity and diversity through leadership development, education, programs, and services.

Value Statement:

Promoting a safe and affirming environment for women, all gender identities, gender expressions, and sexual orientations since 1996.

Areas of Focus:

Advocate for gender equity and inclusive campus policies and practices

Educate the campus and broader community on gender and LGBTA-related topics

Empower women and LGBTA communities with confidence and skills for success

Connect students, staff, faculty and community to resources, mentors, scholarships, internships and volunteer opportunities

Honor and celebrate national days of recognition and individuals who are making an impact in the lives of girls, women and LGBTA communities

Living Under the Rainbow:
Lesbian and Gay Parents and their Children

Now that marriage equality is the law of the land, and lesbian and gay parenting is increasingly ordinary, what can social science research tell us about these “rainbow families”? To address this question, this talk will summarize overall findings from 25 years of research with lesbian and gay parents and their children, and will consider some new findings from recent research. Discussion will focus on questions about the future of lesbian and gay parenting in communities across the country.

Eating by Choice:
A support group for faculty and staff

Space is limited, you must pre-register by Friday, January 15, 2016
To register, please contact: Deborah Hamlin, Faculty/Staff Wellness Manager
Phone number: 972-883-2072

Black History Month Celebration with
Sanderia Faye, Author of Mourner's Bench

Register by February 12 at

Sanderia Faye was born and raised in Gould, Arkansas. She is co-founder and fellow at Kimbilio Center for Fiction. She is a recipient of awards, residencies, and fellowships from Hurston/Wright Writers Conference, Callaloo Writers Workshop, Vermont, and Martha’s Vineyard Writers Residency, among others. Faye is also a Ph.D candidate in the School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas.

The Biomechanics of Human Lactation

Dr. Fatemeh Hassanipour is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of Texas at Dallas. She received her Ph.D from the Southern Methodist University in 2009. She will discuss her more recent work on the operation and pathologies of human lactation from a biomechanical perspective.


SAFE ZONE is a national concept in which safe spaces are identified and marked with a symbol unique to each campus. By displaying the SAFE ZONE logo on a department door, office or desk, Allies show that they value a diverse campus community, are willing to foster a safe place for others, and are committed to offer support, resources, and guidance.

You can become a SAFE ZONE Ally by attending Ally Training. Ally Training provides a venue for LGBTQ people, Allies and participants to express concerns, ask questions, and learn about issues affecting the LGBTQ campus and surrounding community. After completion of the training, participants will receive a certificate, SAFE ZONE logo, resources, and will be equipped with the tools necessary to:

  • Respond appropriately
  • Know resources and/or where to find them
  • Show support and safeguard the rights of LGBTQ people
  • Examine his/her own attitudes, behaviors, and values, and to challenge others to do the same
  • Appreciate and value the contributions of LGBTQ people

Once per semester, the Galerstein Women's Center holds an Ally Training, which provides a venue for LGBTQ people, Allies and participants to express concerns, ask questions, and learn about issues affecting the LGBTQ campus and surrounding community. The Spring 2016 Ally Training will be on Friday, February 19, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in Faculty/Staff Dining Room (SU 2.905).

SAFE ZONE Ally Training is open to all UT Dallas as well as community members.
Registration link: Spring 2016 Ally Training
Just be sure to RSVP by February 5!

Lunch will be provided.

Patrons with disabilities who need special assistance, such as an interpreter or captioning, to attend this presentation should contact us no later than 72 hours prior to the presentation.

Empower & Connect Women Series:

Register by February 26 at

$tart $mart is an interactive workshop designed to give college women the confidence and skills they need to earn fair compensation.

Women's History Month Celebration:
Shoe Confessions

Register by March 20 at

Join filmmaker Cynthia Salzman Mondell, creator of Sole Sisters, the film, and SHOE CONFESSIONS, the play, as she shares triumphs, tribulations, dreams and memories of a woman's life, every "step" of the way. The relationship between a woman's identity and the shoes she wears adds to the powerful narrative of women's history!
Bring or wear your favorite shoes, and share your memory or story. Put your footprint on the Sole Sisters project!

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