The Women's Center is a resource center focused on women and gender issues. It provides the Slippery Rock University community with a forum to discuss contemporary social topics through empowering educational programs and outreach awareness campaigns. The Women's Center also serves to foster an environment free from gender bias and enhance the lives of women at Slippery Rock University.
In April 1978, Dr. Ellen Perrin, the Dean of Student Services, submitted to the Vice President for Student Affairs a proposal for a women's resource center on campus. The purpose of a center for women was to provide coordination of activities for women, serve as a meeting place and a support service area, and offer programs pertinent to women's needs and concerns.
In October 1981, permission to use a room in one of the gymnasiums was granted to establish a women's resource center. A request was made in March, 1982 to install a telephone line and in May 1982, for a desk, chair, and bookcases.
The Women's Center officially opened its doors in the fall semester of 1991. It was located in the basement of Strain Behavioral Science Building until 2012. In August 2012, the Women's Center got a new home in the Robert M. Smith Student Center.