Mission Statement and student learning outcomes
The purpose of the Jane Kopas Women’s Center (JKWC) is to advance an environment in which women and men can live and work together in equality, understanding and mutual respect. The Center works to increase awareness of gender issues and thus promote personal growth and whole-person development among students, faculty and staff. The Center strengthens the sense of shared purpose throughout the University by addressing gender issues on campus and working to ensure the integration of women into every facet of the University’s community. It contributes to Scranton’s commitment to community service and social justice by providing leadership and resources on gender issues.
JKWC and the Jesuit Mission
In order to overcome “the legacy of systematic discrimination against women,” described in the Jesuits’ 34th Congregation document, the Center was founded in 1994 to empower women to reach their fullest potential. Scranton recognizes, however, that gender discrimination affects men and women. Therefore, we recognize the need for both women and men to work together for gender equality. The Center respects cultural and racial diversity as an expression of this commitment to equality, working to dismantle the internal and external structures of discrimination in order to develop new models for gender equality and justice. The Women’s Center is uniquely positioned to fulfill the University’s promised commitment to social justice. Social justice is not merely the understanding of a need; it requires action. We participate in continuing education on social justice issues and we develop initiatives intended to respond to the often-repeated student query, “So what do we do?” We view this as the most vital step in social justice work – connecting awareness to a plan of action. Both components are imperative if the University is to educate and model how to become “men and women for others.”
Student Learning Outcomes
Students who participate in JKWC events will be able to:
- Recognize and critically analyze individual and institutional gender dynamics, including the intersections of oppression and privilege.
- Investigate gender dimensions of social, economic, cultural, historical, and political processes in the local community, the United States, and global contexts.
- Develop leadership skills through educational opportunities, advocacy training, and connection between academics and the feminist movement.
Students who acquire leadership positions provided by the JKWC will develop:
- Applicable skills in professionalism, event programming, time management, critical thinking, and oral and written communication.
- An understanding of feminist social movements and social change.
First-year students who participate in Promoting Awareness of the College Transition (PACT) will understand:
- The importance of meaningful communication in relationships including the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships.
- The necessity and legality of agreement and consent in addition to definitions of sexual assault and misconduct.