The Carolyn Lipshy Galerstein Women's Center


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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


The UT Dallas Police Department teaches women how to protect themselves with a system of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques called the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) program. RAD is a comprehensive, woman-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance before teaching the basics of hands-on defense. The courses are taught by nationally certified RAD instructors. Students receive a manual that outlines the program. Graduates of the program can take advantage of a free lifetime return and practice policy.

The free classes are held at the UT Dallas Police Department (northeast corner of Parking Lot A). This class is open to all female students, faculty and staff members. If space permits, female family members may also attend. (Arrangements are being made to offer a male version of this training in the future once we get an instructor trained.) Dress comfortably.

Scheduled Classes:

  • May 19-21, 2015: 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each night.
  • June 16-18, 2015: 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each night.

    Future classes will be scheduled each month

    For further information or to register, contact Sgt. Kendra Penny at

    Lavender Graduation

    Lavender Graduation is a special graduation celebration for UT Dallas students who have a connection to the LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Ally) communities.

    This event is open to LGBTQIA undergraduate and graduate students who will commence in Spring 2015, Summer 2015 or Fall 2015.

    Lavender Graduation will be held on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm.

    To apply go to: UT Dallas Lavender Graduation 2015

    Applications will be accepted from February 2nd to April 10th. Limited availability.

    Sponsored by: Galerstein Women’s Center, Alumni Relations, Office of Diversity and Community Engagement, Career Center, Multicultural Center, Student Counseling Center.


    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 Summer 2015 Ally Training will be on Wednesday, June 24 from 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 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. Just be sure to RSVP by June 17!

    Lunch will be provided.

    To register, visit Summer 2015 Ally Training

  • 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. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sarah Hodgkinson.

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