The Gender Equity Resource Center, warmly referred to as GenEQ, is a campus leader that promotes social justice, responsible action and accountability. Our programs and services are focused on four main areas:
- • Women
- • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer+ (LGBTQ+)
- • Men
- • Low-income
Through our many programs and services we strive to:
- • Promote equity, social justice and critical thought to create a campus free of violence and hate.
- • Affirm all bodies, identities and backgrounds.
- • Empower diverse expressions of masculinity, femininity and gender.
- • Foster a community of progressive leaders.
- • Be a portal to campus and community resources. GenEQ is under North Seattle College’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI).
GenEQ was first established as the Women's Center at North Seattle College during the third-wave Women's Movement in the 1970s. Over the course of four decades, the Women’s Center has grown through a variety of staffing arrangements. Its current arrangement includes a team of students and one full-time staff member.
Since the 1970s, the Women’s Center’s work has expanded to serve the needs of North Seattle College students and the surrounding community. The 1980s bolstered significant support to women re-entering the workforce and seeking educational opportunities at North.
From the 1990s and into the 2000s, the Women’s Center played an integral part promoting North’s mission by offering students a variety of support services and leadership opportunities, while continuing to engage women in STEM fields, apprenticeship programs, and higher education in general.
Throughout the decades, as the dialogue around educational opportunity and gender equity has changed, the Women’s Center’s has continued to provide consistent programs and services to the college.
The Women’s Center was formally renamed the Gender Equity Resource Center (GenEQ) in summer 2016. The GenEQ Resource Center serves all students. The focus and scope of our work continues to center around gender, sexual orientation, social justice and their intersections.
In addition to providing robust sexual assault and domestic violence resources, with the name change our programming grows to include resource referrals for LGBTQ students and male-identified students.
GenEQ continues to promote the mission of North through our campus diversity and community building events. In our programs and collaborations, we strive to promote gender and racial justice at North Seattle College.