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

Free Self-Defense Class for Women

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) on Day 1. On Days 2 and 3, the classes will be in the dance room on the upper level of Recreation Center West (RCW).

This class is open to all female students, faculty and staff members. (Arrangements are being made to offer a male version of this training in the future once we get an instructor trained.) Persons must attend all three days of the class. Dress comfortably.

Scheduled Classes:
  • February 16-19, 2015: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. each night
  • March 30-April 1, 2015: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. each night

Future classes will be scheduled each month.

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

Amartya Sen at UT Dallas

This event is free for UT Dallas students, staff and faculty with valid Comet Card. The ticket price is $30 for community members. For tickets and more information visit

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.

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