WOW Panelists, 2013

Women on Wednesday

Women on Wednesday is a weekly noon-hour lecture series organized each semester by the Women’s Center that has become a signature program at St. Cloud State University. The goal of the program is to feature diverse women and their distinctive areas of expertise, which are figuratively and literally all over the map.  The topics we explore are as diverse as the women presenting them, but they address the political, economic, social and personal arenas that impact the status of women.

The 25-year old series originated as an informal brown bag lunch gathering and has evolved over the years to a more formal presentation-style series, bringing intelligent, savvy women from the local to the national level to speak to our campus community. The series is held in the Atwood Theatre in Atwood Memorial Center, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. most Wednesdays throughout fall and spring semesters.  Admission is free and open to the public. 

The Women’s Center will celebrate 25 years on the campus of St. Cloud State University during the 2014/15 Academic Year.  The Women’s Center was born from activism of faculty, staff and students in direct and indirect ways and through persistence and passion for feminist-led social change.  Our mission to advance women and address gender inequity is accomplished in myriad ways, including advocacy (both individual and institutional), support services, educational programming, scholarships and systems change. Having an institutionally-supported office to help students (and employees) explore and address the ways in which gender influences every aspect of one’s life exists for only 18% of students at four-year universities and colleges in the U.S. It is in this context that the Fall 2014 Women on Wednesday series has been organized.

We explore the following questions: What are some of the most important issues that have impacted student’s lives in relationship to gender over the past 25 years?  What impact has the work of the Women’s Center had on individual students who worked, interned, volunteered or in some way affiliated with the Women’s Center?  What would St. Cloud State University look and be like without the Women’s Center. Who are some of our feminist leaders today?

The Women’s Center has hosted more than 750 women from all walks of life, areas of expertise, diverse identities and life experiences over the past 25 years.  There is no way to avoid the word “wow” upon reviewing the women who have presented and topics we’ve addressed.  Please join us at Women on Wednesday during the 2014/15 academic year as we continue to offer this unique and interesting forum for women’s voices.

Current Series

Fall 2014 Series Poster

Fall 2014 Series Booklet (Includes Session Descriptions and Speaker Bios)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

From the Closet to a Center: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Services on Campus 


In 1999, St. Cloud State University hired its first director for the LGBT Resource Center (formerly GLBT Services) to respond to the needs of the LGBT community and to educate the broader community about LGBT issues. In sprinted a new leader ready to change the culture and practice on campus to improve the lives of LGBT students and, thus, all of us.  Her vision and daily work to create an inclusive and welcoming environment included creative endeavors like Jugglers Against Oppression and Guess the Straight Person, in addition to best-practice trainings and student mentorship. Join us to learn about one journey in our campus history to challenge discrimination and build an inclusive, vibrant, and social justice-focused center.


Presenter:  Sheri Atkinson is a staff member at the University of California, Davis serving as the Executive Director for Community Resource Centers, which includes the Women’s Center, LGBTQIA Resource Center and Cross Cultural Center. Previous to this appointment, she served as the Director of the LGBTQIA Resource Center at UC-Davis from 2003 to 2013, and as the first director of GLBT Services at St. Cloud State University from 1999 to 2003. Atkinson has an MA from The Ohio State University in Higher Education and Student Affairs and is working on her doctorate in Education. Her dissertation research focuses on student activism, specifically how educational leaders can respond effectively to student protests.  She’s a little rusty, but she can still juggle.


Co-sponsored by the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center


Women on Wednesday Recordings - Fall 2014
September 17, 2014 From Zero to 40: Fighting Rape on Campus  
September 24, 2014 ExTermination: Abortion and Genocide MP3
October 1, 2014 Diversity Efforts to build bridges MP3