Our Mission

The mission of the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity (ETC4WGE) at the University of Kansas is to provide leadership and advocacy in promoting gender equity and challenge gender-related barriers which impede full access and inclusion. This is accomplished by raising awareness of critical issues, providing opportunities to translate awareness into action and empowering 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 collaborate with campus units to advocate for students, staff, and faculty by providing consultation, referrals to appropriate resources, and ongoing support.
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 individuals and groups demonstrating a commitment and passion that advances 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 ETC4WGE 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. Center programs and facilities are also accessible to individuals with disabilities. For those requesting accommodations, please contact KU Office of Disability Resources at 785-864-2620 (V/TTY) or achieve@ku.edu


Calendar of Events
Oct 03
First Fridays Forum
12:00 pm
Oct 04
Women of Color Retreat
All day
Oct 25
Self Defense Workshop
10:00 am
View events: Upcoming
Did You Know..
  • Only 26% of all Distinguished Professors at KU are women
  • Of the 165 members of the Kansas legislature only 39 are women, the lowest since 1988
  • Only 2 of the 14 Kansas Court of Appeals Judges are women
  • 30% of single mothers in Kansas live below the poverty level

Concerned by what you now know? Get involved today!

Bidentities: Celebrating Bi Visibility Day Tuesday, September 23, 6:00pm - 7:30pm Join Spectrum KU , KU Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity, and Students United for Reproductive and Gender Equity at KU for an evening of interactive discussion and activities centered around Bi Visibility Day, also known as International Celebrate Bisexuality Day, which has been marked each year since 1999 to highlight biphobia and to help people find out more about the bisexual community. Come join the conversation, share your experiences if you're comfortable and learn about the Bisexual community. We'll be meeting in the Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center Classroom. WE'RE ALSO HANDING OUT BUTTONS! https://http://www.facebook.com/events/750444015023278/ The Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity University of Kansas | Kansas Union | 1301 Jayhawk Boulevard, Room 400 | Lawrence, Kansas 66045 p: 785.864.4861 | f: 785.864.4595 | e: sgd@ku.edu http://www.silc.ku.edu | http://www.sgd.ku.edu
Tony Porter A Call to Men Tony is the original visionary and co-founder behind A CALL TO MEN: The National Association of Men and Women Committed to Ending Violence Against Women. He is the author of "Well Meaning Men...Breaking Out of the Man Box - Ending Violence Against Women" and the visionary for the book, NFL Dads Dedicated to Daughters. Tony spoke in October 2011 as part of the Jana Mackey Lecture Series.