Our History 

Respect the Women 

Empowering Students Since 1973

Since the day our doors opened, we have not only supported students on a personal level, but also forwarded the larger, collective goal of equity, safety and empowerment for all women everywhere. Our timeline tells the story.

Special thanks to Karla Aguilar for her invaluable research!
Source: Special Collections and Archives, Rivera Library

WRC Timeline


  • In August of 1973, The Women's Resource Center (WRC) opens its doors.
  • It is to serve as an action-oriented women's space providing referrals, educational programs, speakers and services for women that may not have been provided elsewhere.
  • The center has a feminist, political focus and provides information on legal issues and medical care.
  • The center collaborates with many organizations, other universities and the greater community to address issues such as welfare and prison reform, LGBT rights and sexual health, including birth control, family planning, sexual harassment and rape.


  • Sara Sheehan becomes the first official WRC coordinator.
  • The center is moved to the (former) Commons area behind the HUB.
  • The WRC lounge is considered a place of progressive women's politics, a bastion of activism and a location where all women can come together to share poetry, spoken word and feminist readings.
  • The center adds self-defense, affirmative-action advocacy and training for women around the "bureaucracy" to its agenda
  • The WRC is instrumental in implementing the first rape crisis center at UCR and pushing the university to provide a women's studies major.


  • Jane Brown becomes the second WRC coordinator and begins addressing issues of domestic violence, alcoholism, sexuality and LGBT issues.
  • Brown creates a feminist library, makes great strides for LGBT rights and helps to begin the creation of a Title IX Office at UCR.


  • When a campus administrator proposes eliminating the WRC, the campus community responds with petitions, rallies and protests that ultimately save the center.


  • Barbara Paton Gardner becomes the center’s first director.
  • The center focuses much of its efforts on rape prevention and community building.


  • Current director Dr. Adrienne Sims begins her leadership, taking the center to new heights.


  • Dr. Sims develops a Memorandum of Understanding with UCR Libraries that secures a study room for female and other students in the STEM buildings flanking the Orbach Science Library.
  • The WRC founds the Leadership Community for Women Club (TLC Club) as part of the Leadership Community for Women initiative.
  • The WRC, TLC Club and the Leadership Community for Women Committee (TLC Committee) spearhead a proposal for the UC system’s first women’s leadership residential theme hall, a project that continues today.


  • Dr. Sims adds UCR’s first institutional membership with the American Association of University Women.


  • The WRC founds peer mentor program SAVE (Sexual Assault and Violence Education Peer Group).
  • The WRC founds its Men Creating Change club as part of the national organization Men Can Stop Rape.


  • The WRC broadens its internship base, adding internships through The Leadership Community for Women Club and the Sexual Assault and Violence Education Peer Group
  • The center institutes Scotty Cubs and Parents as well as a coordinator for parent programming activities
  • The center develops the Resources and Research in Genders Initiative (RReGI), a bridge between the Women’s Resource Center and Department of Women’s Studies, which enhances and connects communities and initiatives around gender
  • The center establishes the campus’s first student lactation station, so students have a relaxing, secure space they can use at will to express milk or breastfeed.

Scotty Cubs & Parents

Scotty Cubs and Parents is a student-parent run support group with the express purpose of creating a safe space for students with families.

Some of the support group topics have included: birthing stories, balancing school, home and baby, parenthood, relationships, academic success, and student life @ UCR. Find more family resources in UCR's Family Resource Guide.

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