Empowering Students Since 1973
Since the day our doors opened, the WRC has not only supported students, but also forwarded the larger, collective goals of equity, safety and empowerment for all women everywhere. Our timeline tells the story.
- The Women's Resource Center (WRC) opens its doors in August 1973, serving as an action-oriented women's space providing referrals, educational programs, speakers and services for women that may not have been provided elsewhere on campus.
- The center collaborates with many campus organizations, other universities and the greater community to address issues including 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 offer a women's studies major.
- Jane Brown becomes the second WRC coordinator and begins addressing issues of domestic violence, alcoholism, sexuality and LGBT issues. She creates a feminist library, makes great strides for LGBT rights on campus and is involved in the creation of a Title IX Office at UCR.
- Two years after its creation by a group of concerned students, the Campus Safety Escort Service moves under the supervision of the WRC.
- When a university administrator proposes eliminating the WRC, the campus community responds with petitions, rallies and protests that ultimately save the center.
- Students successfully lobby to change the center's name back to the Women's Resource Center.
- The WRC founds the Leadership Community for Women Club (TLC Club) as part of the Leadership Community for Women initiative.
- Dr. Sims initiates UCR’s first institutional membership with the American Association of University Women.
- The WRC founds peer mentor program SAVE (Sexual Assault and Violence Education).
- Dr. Sims retires after 20 years of service at the WRC.