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The Women’s Resource Center (WRC) at the University of Utah serves as the central resource for educational and support services for women.  Honoring the complexities of women’s identities, the WRC facilitates choices and changes through programs, counseling, and training grounded in a commitment to advance social justice and equality.



Holiday Assistance

Image showing needsThe Women's Resource Center in partnership with campus and community is pleased to announce the annual holiday assistance program.  Our goal this year is to provide 25 student families with something wear, someting to read, something they want, something they need, something to do, something they can share as family and something to eat.  Image of how to sign up to give

If you would like to join us in giving this amazing holiday gift to student families in need, please sign up for an item or for an entire family.  We are asking that all gifts for families be delivered to the Women's Resource Center by December 17th.  

If you are a student family in need please complete an application and drop it off to the Women's Resource Center by November 21st in order to be considered.  

 Support Groups

The Women's Resource Center is excited to announce a new support group: Our Power Within

Image of flyerThis free support group is open to students, staff, faculty and community members.  If you are interested in joining a support group call the Women's Resource Center office at 801-581-8030.


 Just Outside the WRC Door

This year the exceptional students who are working at the Women's Resource Center are creating informational displays about different social justice topics and self care for students.  Stop by and check it out.  Here are some past images of what they have put together.

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  Interested in Volunteering ?

The Women's Resource Center will be accepting applications for volunteers for summer semester.  You must commit to 10 hours per week and for the full semester.  Opportunities involve tabling and presenting about the services available at the WRC, providing office support to the staff, and getting involved in social justice related activities.  If you are interested in more information contact either Nicole Wobbe-Espinoza or Flor Olivo at 801-581-8030 or via email.   


 U-START Gender Justice Scholars

Do you value social justice?  Are you a student at the University of Utah?   Join the U-START Gender Justice Scholars Program.  This is a great opportunity to connect with other students.  Contact Flor Olivo at 801-581-8030 or via email for more information. USTART Flyer



Each year talented students apply for the Women's Resource Center's Feminist Multicultural Counselors Training Program to learn more about providing counseling services using a Feminist Multicultural modality.  We'd like to introduce the four students who have joined the training program and WRC team for the 2018-2019 academic year. 

Carly Parsons ImageCarly Parsons is a 2nd year Master's of Social Work Student concentrating in mental health and pursuing a graduate certificate in women's health.  Since obtaining a bachelors degree in Family Life and Human Development, she has worked primarily in an outpatient setting as an individual and group counselor with teenagers and young adults who experience post-tramatic stress and feelings of depression and anxiety.  She has experience in working with adult women in domestic violence settings.  Her goal as a feminist therapist is to first listen to and value a client's life experience, then advocate for their well-being to live a more empowered life by more fully understanding and accepting their intersecting identities and unique experiences.

Leah Ward ImageLeah Ward is a 2nd year Master's of Social Work student with a Global concentration.  She has recently become interested in being involved with the prevention of Human Trafficking in Utah and potentially worldwide.  After graduating from Utah Valley University with a bachelor's degree in Behavioral Science with a social work emphasis, she worked with adults with mental disabilities and loves working with that population.  As a feminist therapist, her main goal is to support clients with empowerment and acceptance.  She is aware that she is not the expert in counseling sessions because the client knows themselves better than she ever could.  Therefore, she supports clients in the way they need support, rather than believing that she knows the answers.

Rachel Carter ImageRachel Carter is a non-traditional student having already enjoyed a first career as a statistician in cancer research for many years. She has a B.S. in Math and Master’s in Statistics both earned at the U of U in the early 90s. After working in that field for 9 years in Seattle, WA, she decided she’d had enough of working in front of computers all day every day and felt she was ready to enter work with a great deal more human interaction. She returned to Utah and spent 10 years doing advocacy and community organizing on mainstream political campaigns, ballot initiatives, legislative citizen lobbying, and grassroots work. The bulk of her grassroots experience has been in training, planning and implementing direct action campaigns for climate justice, migrant rights, police accountability, and indigenous sovereignty with multiple small non-profit groups in the Salt Lake area. She decided to return to school in the Master of Social Work program to gain clinical skills and broaden her community practice. 

Shannon Katie Roghaar ImageShannon Katie Roghaar received her bachelors of science in Neuroscience from the Unversity of Nevada, Reno where she was a student athlete on their soccer team. Katie worked as a surgical technician in Reno for 2 years before returning to Utah to be close to her family. She decided to go back to school originally for nursing but fell in love with social work while working as a case manager at a residential treatment facility for women with co-occurring substance use disorders and mental health disorders. Katie finished her second bachelors of science degree at the University of Utah in human development and family studies and applied to the masters of social work program which she started last year.  She intends to use her social work degree and experience at the Women’s Resource Center  to do advocacy work for women’s equality here in Utah and at the federal level. She also plans to continue to do therapy for individuals with substance use disorders and mental health issues.



Go Girlz Family Night

Go Girlz Community Initiative

The Go Girlz Community Initiative is a program the Women's Resource Center developed in 2004 to target underserved populations, primarily minority, first generation, economically disadvantaged female students.

Student Access and Retention Initiative

The Women’s Resource Center has been sponsoring students for over 10 years as a part of our initiative to recruit, retain and graduate underserved students. More…

In Appreciation for Your Support

 From scholarship recipients:

"Words cannot express how thankful I am for the generous donations you have made on my behalf.  The financial situation I found myself in this semester was intimidating, and I felt very alone.  But thanks to you, some of that financial burden has been lifted, along with an immense amount of stress off my shoulders.  Thank you again for all that you do, you are key in helping women and students across the University Campus, and I have benefited immensely from your dedication to student success."



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 "I want to thank you, from the bottom of my heart , for granting me with an emergency scholarship.  In all honesty, I would not be graduating this Spring without your assistance.  You were all so kind and helpful throughout the entire process and your generosity has helped me in more ways than you can know.  Thanks to you I will soon be the first college graduate in my family!"


Last Updated: 11/30/18