OUR PURPOSE

Approaching our work from a social justice lens, we practice intersectional trans-inclusive FEMINISM to challenge the status quo and promote GENDER EQUITY by raising awareness of important issues related to gender and sexism, providing opportunities to translate awareness into action, and empowering individuals to advocate for themselves and others. We aim to INFORM, INVOLVE, and EMPOWER members of the KU community.

It is critical to understand gender and sexism — as they intersect with other identities and systems of oppression — because they influence everyone's experiences, choices, opportunities, access to resources, and outcomes. The Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity (ETC) is here to confront sexism and advance gender equity. With this purpose in mind, the ETC provides education, involvement opportunities, and tools to combat stereotypical notions of gender and barriers that inhibit students’ academic success, persistence to graduation, and ability to thrive in the workplace. Find out more about our programs and services below.

OUR MISSION

The mission of the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity (ETC) at the University of Kansas is to provide leadership and advocacy in promoting gender equity and challenge gender-related barriers which impede full access, inclusion, and success. Approaching our work from a social justice lens, we practice intersectional trans-inclusive feminism to promote gender equity by raising awareness of critical issues related to gender and sexism, providing opportunities to translate awareness into action, and empowering individuals to advocate for themselves and others.

 


WHY FEMINISM?

At the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity, we promote and practice feminism that aims to challenge sexism as it intersects with other systems of oppression (including racism, cis-heterosexism, and ableism, among others). Our feminism is trans-inclusive; we believe that people of all gender identities and expressions deserve the right to bodily autonomy, self-definition, respect, and safety. Our feminism is also male-inclusive; we work to address the ways patriarchy and toxic masculinity negatively affect men by promoting healthier models of feminist masculinity. Ultimately, our feminism strives to end the ideology of domination that characterizes our present society.  

To learn more about the feminism we advocate and practice — and why it is for everyone — we recommend you read Black feminist scholar Bell Hooks' concise primer, Feminism Is For Everybody: Passionate Politics. The full text is available online at http://bit.ly/FeminismIsForEverybody.

 

WHO MAY USE THE ETC?

The ETC provides services, assistance, advocacy and support to campus community members of all gender identities. We also provide consultation, information, and resources to Edwards and KUMC campus members, parents of KU students, and the Lawrence community by request. Appointments are recommended, but not necessary. In situations involving discrimination and violations of Title IX, ETC staff report information to campus authorities. ETC programs and facilities are also accessible to individuals with disabilities. For those requesting accommodations, please contact emilytaylorcenter@ku.edu.

 

 


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