Women Themed Resources, Organizations and Groups

GenEq is a support resource for women’s organizations and welcomes opportunities to collaborate with student groups on projects and events. Come by GenEq if you are interested in forming a student group, or would like your organization to connect with GenEq. Our office often collaborates with numerous student groups on projects such as Women’s History Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Week. Click on the name of a group in order to read its description and ways to get involved. This list is not exhaustive, please click here to do a search of your own for student groups. Click here for more information on how to start your own student group.

Campus Resource Programs & Offices
Undergraduate Student Organizations | Graduate Student Organizations
Educational Women's Resources

To download the Spring 2016 version of our brochure outlining women's organizations and resources on-campus, click here!

 

Campus Resource Programs and Offices

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Beatrice Bain Research Group (BBRG)

The Beatrice Bain Research Group (BBRG) is the University of California, Berkeley’s critical feminist research center. Established in 1986 to support and coordinate feminist scholarship across disciplines, the BBRG fosters research on gender and women, and is particularly interested in enabling research on gender in its intersections with sexuality, race, class, nation, religion, postcoloniality and transnational feminisms. To meet the needs of its various constituencies, the BBRG engages in a range of activities. These include: Scholars In Residence Program, Affiliated Scholars Program, and BBRG Panels and Lectures Series. The BBRG is the main research program within the Department of Gender & Women's Studies. The BBRG is a member of the Gender Consortium at UC Berkeley.

Cal NERDS’ Bergeron Scholars

This scholarship program is designed for women in STEM and provides a high level industry female mentor, financial scholarship, advising, and additional resources. This is a five year pilot and this 2016 application will be recruiting five scholars for the fifth cohort of this program.  The funding for this program goes to program support administered through the Cal NERDS program and to our campus Scholarships and Financial Aid office.  At this time we will be targeting students who graduate in May 2017 for budgeting reasons.  It does look like this program will continue beyond this five year pilot - with a new five year cycle (more details for that new five year cycle will be shared in 2017).

Center for Race and Gender

The Center for Race and Gender (CRG) is an interdisciplinary research center at the University of California, Berkeley that supports critical and engaged research on race, gender, and their intersections.  Launched as a result of the 1999 Ethnic Studies Student Strike, the CRG cultivates research and creative projects led by students, faculty, artists, activists, and community members.

Department of Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS)

The Department of Gender & Women's Studies offers interdisciplinary perspectives on the formation of gender and its intersections with other relations of power, such as sexuality, race, class, nationality, religion, and age.

Gender Consortium

The Gender Equity Resource Center is part of the Gender Consortium at UC Berkeley. Established in 2003, the UC Berkeley Gender Consortium coordinates activities and events organized by varied campus units with a focus on issues of gender and sexuality.

Office for Faculty Equity & Welfare

The Office for Faculty Equity & Welfare (OFEW) is committed to the full participation in academic careers for all scholars, including individuals who are members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education such as women, ethnic minorities, religious minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender, and others.

Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD)

The Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination (OPHD) is responsible for ensuring the University provides an environment for faculty, staff and students that is free from discrimination and harassment on the basis of categories including race, color national origin, gender, age and sexual orientation/identity.
The OPHD Office has the specific responsibility for providing prompt and effective responses to all complaints of sex discrimination or harassment for faculty, staff and students. The Office also responds to concerns from faculty and students regarding other forms of discrimination as covered by University Nondiscrimination policies-- such as, age, religion, national origin, etc. The Office of Human Resources handles non-academic staff complaints of discrimination as outlined in personnel policies and contracts. The Academic Compliance and Disability Standards Office handles disability complaints from all faculty, staff and students.

UCPD Recommended Campus Safety Guidelines (including, Clery Act info, night shuttle, & self-defense)

This website includes information on: Night Time Personal Safety, General Theft Prevention, University and Personal Property, Protect Your Laptop, Suspicious Persons and Behaviors, Vehicle Safety, Bicycle Safety, Special Event Safety (concerts, sporting events), Personal Information Safety ,Automatic Teller Machine Safety, Information on Defensive Sprays (Mace and Pepper Spray), Information on IDENTITY THEFT, and the CAL-RAD Self Defense Training

 

Undergraduate-Focused Student Organizations

100 Strong

It shall be the purpose of 100 Strong to have 100 high school girls from disadvantaged backgrounds from the East Bay participate in a year-long leadership training and mentorship program with UC Berkeley Students.

American Medical Women's Association at Berkeley (AMWA)

AMWA at Berkeley is a branch of the national organization, which seeks to provide lifelong services and opportunities for individuals interested in medicine, public health, science, and service, at any stage of their career. It is a service-based organization that strives to promote initiatives such as Human Sex Trafficking, Prevention of Childhood Obesity, and Women's Health issues. We are a new organization on campus and are excited to launch our club this semester! https://www.amwa-doc.org/

Body Peace at UC Berkeley

Body Peace is a student group at UC Berkeley dedicated to promoting positive body image, body acceptance, and raising awareness for body image issues.

Berkeley Women In Business (BWIB)

Berkeley Women in Business was founded by a group of dedicated and enthusiastic female Berkeley students hoping to pursue professional careers. The purpose of Berkeley Women in Business is to educate students about contemporary issues in the workplace.

CS KickStart (CSK)

CS KickStart is a one week introductory class in computer science designed for incoming freshman women at UC Berkeley. Participants learn how to program, learn about the different areas of computer science, and meet other computer science students and professionals. The program targets those who are interested in math, science, and/or engineering but have little experience in computer science. We aim to give them a hands-on experience that will reveal the creativity and power of computer science.

FEM Tech (Female Mentoring and Empowerment in Tech)

The Purpose of FEM Tech is to promote gender diversity and inspire women from all majors to excel in technology careers. Through organized seminars, mentorship programs, training workshops, and networking events, FEM Tech will provide a supportive community for all majors to create meaningful connections with like-minded women. We hope to excite new interest in tech and provide support for women already in STEM majors.

FemSex DeCal

FemSex is a student-facilitated DeCal (Democratic Education at Cal) course that was started at UC Berkeley in 1993. The program has now spread throughout the country, and this site pertains to the original UC Berkeley class.
The purpose of FemSex is to create a safe space that encourages and facilitates the ability of students to learn about their bodies, explore their boundaries, desires, experiences and expand their understanding of power and privilege. Topics in class are designed to raise consciousness about: anatomy and physiology, the influence of social hierarchies in all reproductive choices, solo sex, partner sex, orgasm, sex work, communication, consent, relationships, gender/sex-based violence, and empowerment. FemSex promotes an environment of self-love and hopes to create strength through knowledge using group discussion, readings, analysis, guest speakers, films, and writings.
FemSex challenges students by exposing them to diverse opinions and experiences through fellow classmates and outside resources. It is our hope that individuals leave the class with a newfound sense of empowerment, a new community, and a greater understanding of how power and privilege are expressed in the world around us.
We strongly believe that everyone stands to gain something from FemSex and can contribute to the space, so we encourage folks of ALL identities to apply. You do not have to be a UC Berkeley student to be eligible to take this course.

Her Campus at UC Berkeley

Her Campus is the #1 global community for college women. Her Campus serves as a career launching point for its team of college journalists.

Hermanas Unidas

Hermanas Unidas reaches out to the Chicana/Latina community and provides resources as well as a network through Academic Workshops/Events, Community Service Events, and Collegial Networking.

Iota Sigma Pi -- National Honor Society for Women in Chemistry

Iota Sigma Pi is the national honor society for women in chemistry. The society began in 1902 with the organization of the Hydrogen chapter here at the University of California, Berkeley. Since the appearance of that seminal chapter, 10,000 members have been initiated into forty chapters nationwide. Iota Sigma Pi promotes the professional development and personal growth of women in chemistry and related fields through recognition, public outreach and the formation of supportive networks.

Lean In at Berkeley

Lean In at Berkeley strives to cultivate a strong and diverse network of support for young women, empowering them to pursue their goals with confidence.
Our goal is to create a conversation about gender equity on campus by encouraging men and women to form dialogue circles as sources of ongoing inspiration and support to empower them to achieve their goals! We believe if we talk openly about the challenges women face, we can change the trajectory of women and create a better world for everyone.

Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS)

We see ourselves developing strategies for social change–a change emanating from our communities. We declare the commitment to seek social, economic, and political change throughout our work and collective action.

Multicultural Greek Council (MCGC)

Culturally-based sororities and fraternities who strive to promote and uplift our common heritages.

National Council of Negro Women (NCNW)

The National Council of Negro Women, NCNW, serves to lead, develop, and advocate for women of African descent by uplifting the community at large and negating negative stereotypes that plague the African American women community.

National Organization for Women, Berkeley Chapter (BNOW)

Berkeley NOW is a multi-issue feminist organization that seeks to raise awareness in our community about gender equality such as pay equity, body image, reproductive justice, economic justice, sexual violence, media and conscious consumerism.

National Pan-Hellenic Councel (NPHC)

Umbrella organization for the 9 historically African-African American fraternities and sororities.

Panhellenic Council

The Panhellenic Council is the governing body for 15 sorority chapters on campus. Thirteen chapters are associated with the National Panhellenic Conference (an umbrella organization for 26 international women's fraternities and sororities), one chapter is associated with the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations, and one is a multicultural asian-interest associate chapter. The council serves to promote CalGreeks’ core values: leadership, scholarship, friendship, and service.

Phi Nu Xi

Phi Nu Xi is UC Berkeley's only multicultural, social justice, womyn's empowerment sorority.

Prytanean Womens' Honor Society (PWHS)

The members of Order of Prytaneans, banded together in sisterly fellowship, honoring what is truest in women, do hereby renew our purpose of conforming to what is noblest, purest and best, and of fulfilling the most potential and effective college life.

Queer Womxn at Berkeley

A safe, fun, LGBTQ+ space for all who have ever, currently do, or will ever identify as Queer Womxn.

Smart Women Securities at Berkeley

Smart Woman Securities (SWS) seeks to provide undergraduate women with the skills necessary to make investment decisions through market education, exposure to industry professionals, and real-world financial experience.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

We are a multi-faceted organization, holding academic, professional, service, and social events. Everyone is welcome to attend, the only requirement is that you support women in engineering!

Society of Women in Science (SWIS)

The Society of Women in Science (SWIS) works to foster a community of women in STEM majors at UC Berkeley, providing a space for academic and personal support, networking, social events, outreach into the Bay Area and beyond.

Take Back the Night (TBTN)

Take Back the Night is a program of GenEq that is run by students and that raises awareness and breaks the silence against sexual and relationship violence through art, music and open storytelling.

TRENZA

TRENZA has provided a support network for the many young women that have stepped foot on the UC Berkeley campus. Socials, parties, community events, and weekly meetings.

V-Day at Berkeley (V-Day)

({}) V-Day at UC Berkeley ({}) is not only a program of GenEq that is run by students and that puts on playwright Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues every year to raise money to end violence against women, but we are a movement on campus and in our community. Every fall, we assemble a cast and crew through auditions to form a community for strong, motivated students who have, do or will identify as a woman. This community becomes a place of strength where women empower each other, learn from each other and prepare themselves to become a vagina warrior. Through alliances with other student groups and through the support of UC Berkeley's Gender Equity Resource Center and the ASUC, we strive to make this a learning experience not for those part of the movement but for all of those on campus. Every spring, as part of the culimination of our community and movement building, we bring our awareness and strength to the public through benefit performances of The Vagina Monologues to raise money and awareness to stop violence against women.

Women and Youth Supporting Eachother (WYSE)

Women and Youth Supporting Each Other (WYSE) empowers young women by providing the resources and support necessary to make positive life choices and create community change.

Women Empowerment

We provide a safe and comfortable environment for women, attending UC Berkeley and the neighboring communities, to get together and to talk about ways to empower women, motivate them, and assist them in obtaining high-ranking and competitive positions.

Women in Chemistry Initiative

WICI aims to serve as a social network of like-minded graduate students to promote women in chemistry.

Women in Mathematics at Berkeley (WIM)

This organization is a meant as a place where UC Berkeley students interested in the field of Mathematics can foster relationships and better study habits with like minded individuals with an emphasis on female empowerment and community in the Math Dept.

World Literacy Project at Berkeley

Education and literacy is the key to ending poverty, improving public health, and empowering women.

 

Graduate Women Organizations

Asian and Pacific Islander Women’s Circle

The Asian & Pacific Islander (API) Women's Circle aims to provide a unique space for women to meet, connect over shared experiences, and develop strong support during graduate school. Our long-term vision is to develop a strong professional network that extends beyond our graduate experiences and that advances culturally humble/responsive and equitable public health practice to serve unique needs of diverse communities, including API communities.

Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice (BJGLJ)

Now in its twenty-eighth year of publication, the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice is guided by an editorial policy that distinguishes us from other law reviews and feminist journals.
Our mandate is to publish feminist legal scholarship that critically examines the intersection of gender with one or more axis of subordination, including, but not limited to, race, class, sexual orientation, and disability.
Because conditions of inequality are continually changing, our mandate is also continually evolving. Pieces may come within the mandate because of their subject matter or because of their analytical attention to differences in social location among women.

Berkeley MBA Women in Leadership

Female leaders comprise an integral part of the Haas community. The Women in Leadership club is a professional resource, a social network and a vehicle to cultivate stronger female leaders in business. WIL's mission is to serve the entire Haas community through a series of professional, educational, and social events designed to enhance the understanding and appreciation of women's roles in business while equipping WIL members to achieve success.

Boalt Hall Women's Association (BHWA)

At its core, BHWA is a professional organization, which seeks to provide our membership the opportunity to develop skills not otherwise offered within the traditional law school setting (e.g. networking, fundraising, etc.). Ultimately, the organization seeks to advance the role of women within the legal profession while firmly entrenching our core values in a synergetic community.

Empowering Women of Color Conference (EWOCC) Planning Committee

The group focuses on preparing the annual Empowering Women of Color Conference held at UC Berkeley. The Conference focuses on various topics each year and features various guest speakers from all over. EWOCC is recognized to be one of the longest running conferences in the nation that addresses the needs and concerns of women of color. The conference brings together cutting edge women of color activists such as Angela Davis, Elaine Brown, Cherrie Moraga, Gina Palcado and Chrystos with Bay Area community leaders and academics (especially students) to discuss and strategize ways of impacting the current issues facing women of color.

Graduate Women of Engineering (GWE)

We support women pursuing their graduate degrees in Mechanical, Nuclear, Industrial, Civil, Environmental, Chemical, Electrical and Bio Engineering.

Graduate Women's Project (GWP)

The Graduate Women’s Project is the only program at UC Berkeley devoted solely to addressing the personal, social, and academic needs of graduate women. The GWP serves to connect graduate women to the support systems available on campus and advocate on their behalf at the campus and community level. While the project primarily works on women’s issues and interests, it also seeks to address the intersecting concerns for women, including racial and ethnic justice; class inequality; disability and access issues; as well as queer, trans, and gender non-conforming expression, etc.

IB Women in Science (IB_WIS)

Build community within the Integrative Biology Department and provide a forum to exchange ideas and learn from faculty, post-doc, and fellow graduate student experiences

Queer Grad Women and Friends

QGW creates safe spaces for queer graduate women (trans*-inclusive) to discuss research, support queer activism, and socialize with one another.

Women in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering (WICSE)

The purpose shall be to promote the diversity of gender in the graduate school of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Department through organized efforts of mentorship, outreach, seminars, conferences, and other community involvements.

Women in Economics at Berkeley (WEB)

Women in Economics Research at Cal is a group of graduate student women at UC Berkeley spanning the Department of Economics, the Haas School of Business, and the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics who meet regularly to build community across the discipline and present current research projects.

Women in Public Policy (WiPP)

WiPP is a student organization that aims to: Provide a forum for issues related to gender, women, and families in public policy; Support the professional development of female students in public policy; Connect current students with alumni and professionals; and Promote diversity among the students, faculty, and staff at the Goldman School of Public Policy.

Women in Chemistry Initiative

WICI aims to serve as a social network of like-minded graduate students to promote women in chemistry.

Women of Color Initiative Project at the Graduate Assembly

The Women of Color Initiative advocates for and organizes programming for graduate women of color with the objective of fostering community and belonging at UC Berkeley. In particular, the Empowering Women of Color Conference (EWOCC) is part of the annual WOCI portfolio. EWOCC aims to strengthen networks among individuals who identify as women of color and seeks to embrace folks of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds, generations, sexual orientations, nationality, and physical abilities both in and outside of the academy.

Interdisciplinary Family Studies Working Group

The IFSWG provides a place for graduate students interested family-related research to discuss their work and projects. In addition, we engage in outreach activities to serve local families.

 

Educational Women's Resources

The UC Berkeley Library Web Page
This site lets you search the main campus library and all 20 branch libraries as well as various affiliated campus collections, CD-Roms, gophers, and other informational resources.

Sociological Abstracts
This site includes books, theses, dissertation, journal articles and conference papers. Each record offers terms to let you expand your search.

 

Currently Inactive/Past Student Organizations

GABRIELA Network

GABRIELA Network (GABNet) is a US-based multi-racial women's solidarity mass organization. GABRIELA Network (GABNet) is a US-based multi-racial women's solidarity mass organization. We work with GABRIELA Philippines, a national alliance of more than 200 women's organizations. GABNet provides the means by which Filipinas in the US can empower themselves, functions as training ground for women's leadership, and articulates the women's point of view. GABNet effects change through organizing, educating, fundraising, networking, and advocacy. We work on issues that impact women of Philippines ancestry, but which have their roots in the decisions made in the United States. GABNet is an all-volunteer organization of women with chapters in Chicago, Irvine, Los Angeles, New York/New Jersey, Portland, San Francisco/Bay Area, San Diego, Seattle and Washington, DC.

Narika at UC Berkeley

The goal of this student group is to increase student awareness and action in anti-domestic violence initiatives. We are an all volunteer run student subgroup of the home base, Narika: A Domestic Violence Helpline for South Asian Women, whose mission is to promote the empowerment of women in our community to confront and overcome the cycles of domestic violence and exploitation. We work to build a movement at the student level to end violence against women and girls and to actively support women’s rights as human rights. Our membership is diverse and we welcome students and student supporters to join us. For more information, please visit the website or email narika@narika.org.