Frequently Asked Questions
.....which we can answer for you
- Where is the WC?
- Who works at the WC?
- Who is welcome at the WC?
- Why isn't there a Men's Center?
- How is the WC connected to other organizations on campus?
- How can I get involved?
- Why should someone come to the WC?
- Who should I talk to if the WC is closed?
- Who should I contact if I have more questions?
The Boston College Women’s Center is located in McElroy 141, next to the Apple Store. Click here for directions and hours.
Learn more about the WC staff here.
Who is welcome at the WC?
Every member of the Boston College community, including students, staff and faculty, is welcome to the Women’s Center. We are a space that respects and celebrates people of all sexual orientations, ethnic backgrounds, religions, ages, abilities and, especially, genders.
Both men and women, as individuals at Boston College, have a wide array of needs and concerns, some of which are not fully met by the University. We each deal with a unique set of challenges based on gender, race, and sexual orientation, among other factors. However, as a gender, women have historically faced prejudices, practices, and policies that specifically aim to strip their power, often by limiting access to education and career opportunities. These struggles are no less relevant to our own campus.
We encourage and are deeply committed to men's growth and development, and work closely with Brotherhood for Change (BFC), a student-run organization started with the help of a male staff member at the WC. Counseling opportunities are also available specifically for men through The Men's Group, held by University Counseling Services. We are more than open to engaging in dialogue about how to better support men at the WC, and hope that both men and women will come by the WC to continue this conversation.
Men face distinct issues at BC, but to create a Men's Center undermines the historical and institutional disempowerment that women have faced and continue to face at BC and across the globe.
The Women’s Center falls under the student engagement area of the Division of Student Affairs and is a collaborative partner of many organizations on campus such as Health Services, Counseling Services, Thea Bowman AHANA Intercultural Center, the Women and Gender Studies Program, the Office of Health Promotion, and the Division of Mission and Ministry. The WC refers students to these offices and co-sponsors events with these and other groups on campus throughout the academic year.
There are a variety of opportunities for BC students and faculty to get involved in the WC. We need many volunteers to help out with events we plan, especially during campaign weeks such as Love Your Body Week or Concerned About Rape Education Week. If a student is interested in working at the WC, he or she can apply when we advertise for available positions typically at the end of each semester. A student could also train to become a Bystander Intervention Education presenter if they are interested in preventing or addressing sexual violence on BC’s campus. Sophomore through senior women are invited to consider applying to serve as peer mentors to incoming women through the Big and Little Sisters program.
There are also several discussion groups run by the WC which students can join. Think Tank is a group in which students discuss feminist issues on campus, locally and globally. UnCovered is a book club whose discussions will be led by a professor and will address themes in the readings such as masculinity/femininity, gender identity, and sexuality.
If someone needs to speak to a peer counselor or the director, the WC staff is available during office hours to speak to walk-ins. If a student is interested in getting involved in the many programs or activities we run through the office, he or she could stop by to sign up to participate or get more information.
The WC also houses a library with books available for check out. The books in the library address women’s issues as well as matters of social justice, race and sexuality. We ensure that the WC remains a safe space where students can come to relax on the couches and hang out with the staff.
If you are in need of assistance outside the working hours of the WC there are several services you can call.
SANet (Sexual Assault Network): 617-552-BC11
BCPD (Emergency): 617-552-4440
Counseling Services Psychologist:
- on call during office hours: 617-552-3310
- when offices are closed: 617-552-3227
If you have further inquiries about the WC, please feel free to stop by during our office hours which are 10 am to 4 pm on weekdays. We can also be reached by phone at 617-552-3489 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.