The Carolyn Lipshy Galerstein Women's Center


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The Galerstein Women’s Center (GWC) has been in existence since 1996, representing gender issues in our campus and community. The Center actively promotes a prosperous and successful environment through mentoring, advising and professional counseling, equitable policy review, climate assessment, lectures addressing gender diversity and social justice, leadership development, community engagement, advocacy for the LGBTQ community, and development of child care resources.

The GWC is home to the only dedicated lactation space on campus for nursing mothers. We provide meeting, study space, and a lending library. We offer professional counseling services, diversity scholarships, internships, volunteer opportunities and organizational advising.

GWC initiatives are guided by the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement.

We invite you to visit the Center and find out how you can become involved.

Mission Statement:

The Galerstein Women’s Center is a campus resource that fosters a safe and inclusive environment by advocating for gender equity and diversity through leadership development, education, programs, and services.

Value Statement:

Promoting a safe and affirming environment for women, all gender identities, gender expressions, and sexual orientations since 1996.

Areas of Focus:

Advocate for gender equity and inclusive campus policies and practices

Educate the campus and broader community on gender and LGBTA-related topics

Empower women and LGBTA communities with confidence and skills for success

Connect students, staff, faculty and community to resources, mentors, scholarships, internships and volunteer opportunities

Honor and celebrate national days of recognition and individuals who are making an impact in the lives of girls, women and LGBTA communities

Free Self-Defense Class for Women

The UT Dallas Police Department teaches women how to protect themselves with a system of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques called the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) program. RAD is a comprehensive, woman-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance before teaching the basics of hands-on defense. The courses are taught by nationally certified RAD instructors. Students receive a manual that outlines the program. Graduates of the program can take advantage of a free lifetime return and practice policy.

The free classes are held at the UT Dallas Police Department (northeast corner of Parking Lot A) on Day 1. On Days 2 and 3, the classes will be in the dance room on the upper level of Recreation Center West (RCW).

This class is open to all female students, faculty and staff members. (Arrangements are being made to offer a male version of this training in the future once we get an instructor trained.) Persons must attend all three days of the class. Dress comfortably.

Scheduled Classes:
  • February 16-19, 2015: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. each night
  • March 30-April 1, 2015: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. each night

Future classes will be scheduled each month.

For further information or to register, contact Sgt. Kendra Penny at

Empower & Connect Women Series

The Empower & Connect Women Series exists to provide women with tools and confidence for success as well as connect them with resources and mentors. The theme this academic year is "Thrive: Redefining Success", based on the book Thrive written by Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group. In her book, Huffington shares how our relentless pursuit of money and power has led to burnout, stress-related illnesses, and loss in the quality of our relationships, family life and careers. In the fall, we focused on redefining success through well-being and wisdom. We left with tools and insights to enrich our minds and spirits. In Part II of the series, we will unpack the two additional pillars suggested by Huffington: wonder and giving.

Click here for Thrive video.

Join us on Wednesday, February 4 at 5:30 p.m. in Student Union Galaxy Rooms, B & C for dinner and insightful conversations followed by dessert while listening to words of wisdom from our esteemed panel. Our goal is to unleash our imagination, revolutionize our personal and professional lives and ignite the joy of being a part of something larger than ourselves.

To register, visit Spring 2015 UTD Thrive.
Registration deadline: Wednesday, January 28, 2015.

Patrons with disabilities who need special assistance, such as an interpreter or captioning, to attend this presentation should contact us no later than 72 hours prior to the presentation.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Narcely Ruiz.

Presented by the UT Dallas Galerstein Women's Center, Fraternity and Sorority Life, and Student Leadership Programs.


SAFE ZONE is a university-wide network of trained Allies who help shape a campus culture that values and celebrates the sexual orientation and gender identity/expression of students, staff and faculty at UT Dallas.

Once per semester, the Galerstein Women's Center holds an Ally Training, which provides a venue for LGBTQ people, Allies and participants to express concerns, ask questions, and learn about issues affecting the LGBTQ campus and surrounding community. The Spring 2015 Ally Training will be on Friday, February 13 from 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. in Faculty/Staff Dining Room (SU 2.905).

SAFE ZONE Ally Training is open to all UT Dallas as well as community members. Just be sure to RSVP by February 6!

Lunch will be provided.

To register, visit Spring 2015 Ally Training

Patrons with disabilities who need special assistance, such as an interpreter or captioning, to attend this presentation should contact us no later than 72 hours prior to the presentation. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sarah Hodgkinson.

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