Our History


The Gender Sexuality Resource Center (GSRC) developed in the '90s as a space to advocate for women students on campus. One female student's experience with violence in her intimate relationship became the push for creating a space where women student could come together and share strategies about addressing the issue of violence in their lives. Professor Kathleen O'Mara and student Roberta Caban were the driving forces behind the creation of such a space. Oringially the center was housed in the basement of IRC.

Since it began, the Center has committed itself to addressing issues of violence and well-being within the College community. During the late '90s, an alumna involved in the creation of the Center, Rebekah Delaney, helped rebirth the Center after some years where it languished. Renamed the Gender Sexuality Resource Center, it broadened its mission to include all genders and all aspects of sexuality. It was run entirely by volunteers.

In the early 2000s, another faculty member, Caridad Souza, created an internship program whereby students could earn course credit for their work within the GSRC.

Around 2004 came a newly appointed advisory council by Professor Marilyn Helterline, then chair of the Women's and Gender Studies Department, drafted a mission statement to promote the educational and advocacy mandate of the Center. They also drafted a proposal for financial and staffing support by the college. In 2005 it moved to its current location in Hunt Union 219 and fell under the purview of Student Development. In 2007, the college agreed to professionally staff the GSC at 50% and hired Robin Nussbaum to coordinate the Center. In 2012, the college made the position a full-time position. Elliot Ruggles functioned as Center Director from June 2013-2015.

Today, the Center educates the campus community about gender and sexual equity and helps foster dialogue regarding a basic understanding of gender and sexuality. We bring together individuals of all genders, ethnicities, sexual orientations, classes, abilities, and ages to promote gender and sexual equity within the college community.