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Sharon L. Doherty Student Leadership Award

Women's Center Director with 2011 Doherty Award RecipientPurpose

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5 smiling students at the 2016 Indigenous Women and Women of Color Student SummitAt the Women’s Center, volunteer involvement is a key part of our success, as we recognize that the value of working collaboratively, engaging others in the work of women’s and gender equity, and providing involvement and leadership o

In the News

"U Women's Center unveils new study lounge" Murphy News Service
Article about Women's Center Study/Lounge grand opening. Published September 21, 2015.

"U moms could get more resources," Minnesota Daily
Article about lactation rooms on campus; Women's Center Director Peg Lonnquist is quoted. Published October 8, 2013.


Make a Gift Today

For over 50 years, the Women’s Center at the University of Minnesota has been a national and international model in higher education. Your gift allows us to continue our critical work to advocate for equity, to provide scholarships to help make the University financially accessible to talented women from diverse backgrounds, to educate leaders who make a positive impact on their communities, and to support the University’s mission to become one of the top universities in the world.


About Us


The Women’s Center advances gender equity across identities. We educate and inspire feminist leaders, advance an empowering intellectual environment, and advocate for an equitable University culture and community. 


The Women's Center envisions an equitable university in which all people share collective responsibility to promote mutual respect and success for everyone. The Women's Center strives to be a national model toward this end, in solidarity with its local and national partners. 


Off-Campus Resources

In the greater Twin Cities and Minnesota communities, there are also numerous organizations and initiatives that serve as resources for women and those interested in women’s and gender equity work. This list represents organizations, opportunities for involvement and connection, as well as other campus-based Women’s Centers in the area.

On-Campus Resources

A significant element of the Women’s Center mission is providing connections for women’s success; this includes helping women find sources of support that will further their success and connecting women to one another on an individual and group basis. Some of these resources are listed below. In addition, this online resource compilation, How Will You Make the World Better?, may also be helpful.

Resources & Advocacy

To serve as an effective catalyst to achieve equity for women on a large campus requires that a lot of the Women’s Center’s work be behind-the-scenes advocacy. Some of our work involves individual advocacy on the behalf of students, staff and faculty. But more often, we work as advocates for institutional change on issues impacting women by working strategically with key players, offices and committees on campus and in the community. The Women’s Center finds supportive individuals from entry-level employees to Vice Presidents and the Provost.


The Women’s Center invites nominations for the following scholarships which honor and support University of Minnesota students. Current and incoming students (who meet a minimum of half-time enrollment status) are eligible to apply. Scholarship recipients are honored at the Celebrating Changemakers event hosted by the Women’s Center.


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