Women's Center

Contact Information and Staff

Phone:

(320) 308-4958

E-mail:

womenscenter@stcloudstate.edu

Hours:

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (except for university holidays)

Mailing address:

Women's Center
St. Cloud State University
720 Fourth Avenue South
St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498

Physical address:

Atwood Memorial Center 218

GPS:

249 6th Street South, St. Cloud (this is the closest entrance to the WC by GPS)
After walking up the stairs to Atwood, we enter through the door on the left and once inside, walk upstairs and you will see the sign for the Women’s Center)

Or type in “Atwood Memorial Center” (this may take you to another entrance by Caribou/Lawrence Hall area)

Campus maps are available online.

 

Staff

Jane Olsen (she/her)

Director

Jane Olsen (she/her) has been the director of the Women’s Center at St. Cloud State University since its inception in 1989. In addition to a life and 39-year career working in women’s and gender programs in MN and IL, she’s served on a number of boards, a government commission, political campaigns, and has been involved in feminist organizing. Jane’s professional home is NWSA (National Women’s Studies Association) and it’s national Women’s Center Committee.  She has a masters and bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Illinois-Springfield, formerly Sangamon State University. She became a feminist in college, fueled by the integration of new knowledge, lived experience, and opportunities to join collective social justice movements as a first-generation student. Jane continues to be energized and inspired by daily work with college students, in addition to many meaningful collaborations with others including colleagues who care about evolving the world.

Rebecca Kotz (she/her)

Gender Violence Prevention Coordinator & Assistant Director

Rebecca Kotz is an advocate, community organizer, educator, and writer. Over the years, she founded several community organizations focused on ending patriarchal violence and has ten years of experience in anti-violence advocacy. She created the first Safe Harbor program in central Minnesota for youth and adults who have been in the sex trade. Her master's degree is in Social Justice & Community Organizing from Prescott College, a program focused on radical grassroots social movement strategy and abolitionist praxis. Her approach to the anti-violence movement is rooted in confronting the normalization of abuse and addressing the various scales of interpersonal to state-sanctioned violence. Kotz is a SCSU alum with a bachelor's degree in Political Science with a minor in Human Relations and Multicultural Education. Kotz is passionate about bold feminist leadership and advocacy, liberatory education, and connecting students with their personal and collective power to transform their communities and create lasting social change!
Kate Bennett (she/her)

Kate Bennett (she/her)

Office Manager

Kate earned a master's degree in Social Responsibility from St. Cloud State University and her bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in First Nations Studies and Social Change and Development with minors in History and Political Science. She's proud of and troubled by her experience as a first-generation college student in academies on colonized lands and focuses her work on unsettling, advocating for systems change through coalition building, and critical assessment of the methods and tools of power and control. She has 10 years of experience as a public servant helping people navigate social systems at both individual and institutional levels, including serving in a public library and previous experience at a campus women’s center.

 

Adina (she/her)

Programming and Outreach Assistant

Dana (she/her)

Dana (she/her)

Programming and Outreach Assistant

My favorite thing about working at the Women's Center are the endless opportunities to grow as a person. A fun fact about me is that I enjoy reading in my free time. Specifically, books related to domestic violence and intimate partner violence. I also love traveling (I traveled to Nashville and Chicago this past summer). I am majoring in social work and double minoring in psychology and human relations. 

Edwina (she/her and they/them)

Edwina (she/her and they/them)

Programming and Outreach Assistant

Ope - hello! I am a first-generation-4th year student studying Gender and Women's Studies, Ethnic Studies, and pursuing a certificate in Feminist Leadership. It is such a privilege to be an employee of the Women's Center because of the behind-the-scenes responsibilities and bittersweet conversations that I can and love to participate in! A random fun fact about me is that I love memes, gifs, and Tik Tok because I believe those are valid methods of healing through humor/comedic content. Laughing to me is allowing your body and mind to exhale immobilizing stress and inhale possibilities for yourself to move forward in life. 🙂
Fin (he/him and they/them)

Fin (he/him and they/them)

Gender Violence Prevention Intern

Nice to meet you! My name is Fin and I am an advocate at the Women's Center. I am doing my internship here at the Women's Center for the graduate social work program at SCSU. I have a Bachelor of Science in Social Work and an Associate Degree in Science. My professional experience includes advocacy for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, LGBTQ+ healthcare and housing accessibility, after-school programming for teens and young adults, education, outreach, and mental healthcare accessibility in higher education. I am so excited to be working with the incredible team at the Women's Center, and I can't wait to meet our visitors!

Hayley (she/her)

Hayley (she/her)

Marketing and Design Intern

I am a senior at SCSU and will be graduating with a major in Mass Communications and a minor in Graphic Design, I like having the freedom to get creative with my work. I enjoy working at the Women's Center because I am passionate about women's issues, I am grateful to have the opportunity to encourage and support the exceptional women on campus.
Kara (she/her)

Kara (she/her)

Programming and Outreach Assistant

I'm majoring in Biomedical Science with a Minor in Gender and Women’s Studies, as well as pursuing the Feminist Leadership certification. I’m working at the Women’s Center because I want the platform to be able to help advocate for equality, resource access, and positive changes at SCSU. Two fun facts about me is that I am on the SCSU Women’s Swim and Dive Team and I helped to found the Period Organization on campus.
Katy (she/her)

Katy (she/her)

Intern

I am in my second year in the College Counseling and Student Development graduate program. I earned my bachelor's degree in 2016 as a Community Psychology major with a double minor in Human Relations and Women's Studies. I enjoyed it so much that I am back for more. There is no where I would rather be, and I am happy to be a part of such an amazing team!  

Kay (she/her)

Programming and Outreach Assistant

Marwah (she/her)

Programming and Outreach Assistant

Olivia (she/her)

Olivia (she/her)

Graduate Assistant

My favorite thing about working at the Women's Center is meeting new people and working in collaboration with the many awesome people across campus and within the community to create fun events and exciting programming at SCSU! A fun fact about me is that I love to paint and doodle. My major is Library Media Science, and I am also working towards earning my teaching license. 

Sabrina (she/her)

Gender Violence Prevention Intern

Veronica (she/her)

Veronica (she/her)

Programming and Outreach Assistant

Hi! My name is Veronica. I am an Astrophysics major from Nicaragua. My favorite thing about the Women's Center is the community connections and the feeling of home. A fun fact about me is that I love sleeping as much as I can, plus I love fantasy books!