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 raise awareness of critical issues, provide opportunities to translate awareness into action, and empower individuals to advocate for themselves and others.

Core Values

We believe that gender equity is a central component of campus diversity efforts and intersects with all other aspects of diversity. We advocate through our efforts to provide essential direct services and support in collaboration with campus and community partners, while participating in efforts to enhance campus climate. We are committed to working together to take action to challenge attitudes, beliefs, practices, and policies that hinder access, opportunity, and inclusion for all genders. 
We believe action and involvement are necessary for fostering empowerment and leadership. Therefore, we assist faculty, staff, and students with professional development leadership opportunities, and provide the necessary skills to facilitate engagement and involvement.
We believe that the foundation for effective practice is grounded in research and scholarship. As a Center within an international research university, we will collaborate with campus units to further enhance and expand the gender-related knowledge base.
We believe everyone has the inherent right to an environment that promotes the safety and well-being of every member of the community. We strive to foster a campus climate that does not tolerate violence or disrespectful behavior in any form through a wide range of violence prevention programs.
We believe in the importance of publicly recognizing and honoring those who demonstrate a commitment to challenging limiting stereotypes, expectations and practices; expanding opportunities; and pursuing excellence thereby advancing the promotion of gender equity.
We believe that educational programs based on mutual exchange of ideas are central to understanding the challenges that impede full access and inclusion for all genders. Therefore, we provide educational programs and events for the campus and community to raise awareness and to challenge the status quo in order to foster a more diverse and inclusive campus.

Who can use the Center?

The ETC provides services, assistance, advocacy and support to campus community members of all genders. We also provide consultation, information and resources to Edwards and KUMC campus members, parents of KU students and the community by request. Appointments are recommended, but not necessary. Services are private. In situations involving discrimination and violations of Title IX, ETC staff report information to campus authorities. Center programs and facilities are also accessible to individuals with disabilities. For those requesting accommodations, please contact KU Student Access Services at 785-864-4064 or achieve@ku.edu

 


Did You Know..
  • Only 22% of all Distinguished Professors at KU are women, compared to 24% just two years ago
  • Of the 165 members of the Kansas legislature, only 41 are women
  • Only 3 of the 14 Kansas Court of Appeals Judges are women
  • 38% of Kansas families with a single-female head of household live below the poverty level
  • Median earnings in Kansas for women are just 79% of what median earnings are for men

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