Women's Resources -- Campus Organizations

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. The following is a list (in no particular order) of various student groups aimed at women and women's issues. Click on the name of a group in order to read its description and ways to get involved. This list is not exaustive, 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.

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Student Organizations

Empowering Women of Color 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. Meetings are held on Mondays at 9am, as well as on Fridays at 1pm. For more information, please visit the website or email woci@ga.berkeley.edu.

Female Sexuality (FemSex) Class

Female Sexuality (FemSex) is a De-Cal (a class taught by students for students) based out of the top rated public university in the nation, UC Berkeley. FemSex is a long running course whose roots reach all the way back to 1994. While the course is constantly changing to adapt to the current events constantly making their way to the fore, the original basis for the course -- Women's Empowerment -- is still the focus. For more information, please visit the website or email info@femsex.net

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.

Gamma Ro Lambda

The Gamma Rho Lambda chapter at Berkeley is an all-inclusive woman’s social sorority exemplifying the qualities of tolerance, diversity, unity, and trust, which provides a network of assistance in the areas of scholastic guidance, emotional support, and community service while ultimately developing the lifelong bonds of sisterhood. Above all, we reclaim what it means to be straight or queer and break the stereotypes of what we are “suppose” to look or behave.

Hermanas Unidas

Provide resources and leadership opportunities for predominately Latina, college students and alumni by participating in and organizing community service events, social activities, and academic/professional workshops.

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.

Queer Alliance and Resource Center

The Queer Resource Center is a meeting space and general information hub for queer students and allies. For more information, please visit their website or drop by the center in 305 Eshelman.

National Organization for Women, Berkeley Chapter (NOW)

The National Organization for Women is the largest organization of feminists, both men and women, in the United States. Established in 1966, we represent thousands of committed women in chapters throughout the state. California NOW (CA NOW) is the state branch of the National Organization for Women and works on issues that affect women and girls throughout California. The purpose of BNOW is to take action to empower anyone who has, does or will identify as a woman. BNOW recognizes that all forms of marginalization are interrelated, and we strive to eliminate oppression everywhere. Meetings are held every month. Please visit the website for more information.

National Council on Negro Women

The National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) was founded in 1935 by Mary McLeod Bethune, child of slave parents, distinguished educator and government consultant. Mrs. Bethune saw the need for harnessing the power and extending the leadership of African American women through a national organization.
NCNW is an "organization of organizations" and serves as a clearing house for the activities of women. From the beginning, women of all racial and cultural backgrounds were included and welcomed to work together. Mrs. Bethune described "... the need for a united organization of women to open doors for our young women, united so that when it speaks, its power will be felt.

Phi Nu Xi

Phi Nu Xi is dedicated to unifying womyn from many different backgrounds, with many different experiences and different ideals to share in one vision, the Phi Nu Xi vision, for a lifetime. Phi Nu Xi welcomes womyn of all races, economic backgrounds, sexual orientations, and abilities. We create a lifestyle of multiculturalism beyond recognizing plurality of race. We develop leaders who recognize their personal potential in working towards social justice. We empower womyn to celebrate their intellect, beauty, and strength. We encourage excellence in all forms, particularly academics, as we acknowledge higher education as not only an opportunity, but as a privilege to be appreciated. We strive for continual political awareness as a means to foster educated agents of social change. Lastly, we promote dialogue and support, where a social network of multicultural, politically conscious, scholarly, open-minded sisters can stand together in solidarity.

Queer Womyn at Berkeley

A safe (and FUN) space for all who have ever, currently do, or will ever identify as Queer Womyn and their allies.

Prytanean Womens' Honor Society (PWHS)

Office of Student Life-102 Sproul Hall Berkeley, CA 94720 -- (510) 642-7507
The Prytanean Society is the oldest collegiate women's honorary society in the United States. Founded on the Berkeley campus of the University of California in 1900.The student founders, Adele Gerard Lewis and Agnes Frisius, had a keen interest in student healthcare and housing issues, and the organization's work concentrated on those areas for many years. While Benjamin Ide Wheeler was president of the University, there were just over 2,000 students. He introduced the concept of student government, and the founders were prescient enough to recognize that students could identify and address issues of concern. Imagine what pride the founding members would have in the legacy they left the University, were they to hear each new Prytanean pledge "faith, service and loyalty to the University of California!" For more information, please visit the website or email .prytanean_06@lists.berkeley.edu.

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.

Sororities at UC Berkeley

Cal Greeks lists all active sororities registered with them.

Graduate Women Organizations

Graduate Women's Project

The Graduate Women's Project (GWP) is the only program at UC-Berkeley devoted solely to addressing the concerns of graduate women. GWP was first established in 1981 in response to an overwhelming demand for campus resources that would address graduate women's personal, social, and academic needs. They put out a Women’s Resource Guide every year – see website to download a copy.

Women of Color Initiative Project at the Graduate Assembly

Our goal is to share information among women of color on ways in which they can improve themselves individually and collectively in the community, home, and professional world. The Women of Color Initiative annually spearheads the Empowering Women of Color Conference and the “Do You Have My Back? Bridging Racial Divisions Among Women on Campus” forum.

Berkeley MBA Women in Leadership

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. Beyond hosting the annual WIL conference, WIL offers regular social events and an annual retreat.p>

Boalt Hall Women's Association (BHWA)

Boalt Law School 388 Simon Hall Berkeley, CA 94720 --  (510) 642-8588
BWHA is the Women's Association at UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, representing women students. BWHA is one of the largest student organizations at Boalt. The group seeks to provide a meeting place and support for law school women, as well as group addresses issues specific to women in law including discrimination, family, different practices. Activities include: faculty teas, community speakers, publications on women's issues, social events. Meetings are held every month. Please visit the website for more information.

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.

Campus Programs and Offices

Gender Consortium

The Gender Equity Resource Center is part of the Gender Consortium at UC Berkeley. The Consortium is intended to bring together several campus units dedicated to issues surrounding gender and sexuality. The goal is to provide an infrastructure for coordinating public events, fundraising, applying for external grants, and enhancing undergraduate and graduate education. Members of the Gender Consortium are Beatrice M. Bain Research Group, Center for Race and Gender, Center for the Study of Sexual Culture, The Designated Emphasis Program on Women, Gender, and Sexuality, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies Undergraduate Minor, Gender and Women's Studies, The Emma Goldman Papers, The Gender Equity Resource Center, The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry and coming soon, GTU Women and Religion. For more information on these organizations, see the Gender Consortium webpage.

Faculty Equity Association

Created by the determination of a campus committed to diversity, the Office for Faculty Equity (OFE) has a leadership role to develop, monitor and communicate the guidelines, policies, procedures and new initiatives that will encourage diverse hiring. OFE also seeks to increase retention of that talent by ensuring that faculty at the University of California at Berkeley are proactively supported professionally and in their personal lives, no matter what their gender or ethnicity.

Campus Climate & Compliance Office

The Campus Climate and Compliance Office monitors and evaluates campus efforts to meet requirements under 1972 federal legislation which prohibits all forms of sex (Title IX) and race (Title VI) discrimination in educational institutions that receive federal funding. The Campus Climate and Compliance Office provides opportunities to faculty, staff and students, for education regarding issues of discrimination, equity, and the impacts of discrimination and unequal treatment on department and campus climate.

Beatrice Bain Research Group on Women and Gender

(510) 643-7172
The Beatrice Bain Research Group (BBRG) is the University of California at 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.

Campus Safety Programs (including, Clery Act info, night shuttle, & self-defense)

(510) 642-7233

 

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.