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

Reclaiming the F Word: In Defense of Feminism

Join us on the Plinth on March 3-5, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. as we encourage our UTD community to identify their inner feminist!

You don't have to look far to find evidence of the negative connotations hanging over the word feminism. A simple Google search throws up an excessive amount of negativity that leaves one truly baffled.

By reclaiming the F word, we are active participants in the future of gender equality. By changing perceptions of the word, we encourage more people to become feminists.

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

Women's History Month Celebration

The Galerstein Women's Center and the Veteran Services Center invites you to Women's History Month Celebration Luncheon Inspiring the Generation of History Makers on Thursday, March 26 at 11:30 a.m. in McDermott Suite, MC 4.4.

Retired Colonel Kim Olson, author of Iraq & Back and President/Executive Director of Grace After Fire, was among the first generation of women pilots in the U.S. Air Force, opening doors for many women. Her military career, which includes 25 years of service, deployments to the combat zones of Bosnia and Iraq, surviving the 9/11 attack in the Pentagon and becoming a command pilot with 3,700 flying hours in six different aircraft, gives her a unique perspective about women serving in the armed forces.

An advocate of women Veterans and Veteran issues, she convinced Texas legislators to pass a resolution naming March as Texas Women’s Veterans Month from 2011 to 2020. Under her leadership, Grace After Fire has helped over 2,000 women overcome post-traumatic stress disorder, injuries and trauma as well as helped them transition successfully from military life to the workplace, family and community.

Colonel Olson will recount the sacrifices and commitments of the women in the past and inspire today’s generation to make history in the future.

To register, visit Inspiring the Generation of History Makers.
Registration deadline: Thursday, March 12, 2015.

Please note: Lunch will be served and space is limited. Food costs have increased considerably, and are covered by funding by our gracious donors. Please be considerate and cancel by March 17 to allow others to attend if you cannot.

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 Narcely Ruiz.

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