The Gender Equity Center (GEC) has a variety of events, programs, and services throughout the year, along with collaborative events with the Cross Cultural Centers (CCC) and other campus departments. There are various programs outside of the ones mentioned, be sure to check out our calendar for more specific updates! If you are interested in becoming involved, volunteering, or getting more information on any of the following programs, please contact the Gender Equity Center at firstname.lastname@example.org, via phone 805-756-2600, or walk into the GEC in UU217.
Current Events and Projects
Every year during Fall quarter, the GEC hosts PEN15, a comedy sketch show focusing on the stereotypes, challenges, myths, and unspoken “bro-code” men and boys face every day.
In Feb 2015, the GEC hosted its first ever Galentine’s Day, a program geared towards female empowerment and celebration of women friendships, which was inspired by TV show Parks and Recreation. GEC Volunteers led the program in collaboration with the GEC. In addition to a celebration during UU Hour in the Plaza, we also had a Ladies Night workshop and discussion to shift Valentine's Day from being solely about romantic relationships, towards more of a focus on friendships among women by celebrating all the amazing women on Cal Poly's campus and educating all students on gender equality. The GEC will continue to celebrate Galentine's day for years to come!
WOMEN’S HERSTORY WEEK
During March, the GEC collaborates with various campus departments and programs to celebrate women’s experiences, empowerment, history, and future all year long. Women’s HERtory Series looks different every year, and has included celebrations of women in the arts, highlighted global issues, guest speakers, performances, workshops, and fun activities.
CAL POLY'S OWN (ORIGINAL WOMEN'S NARRATIVES): POWERHERFUL VOICES OF STORYTELLING
After years of producing The Vagina Monologues (TVM), The Gender Equity Center (GEC has been inspired to cancel TVM production, in order to create and produce our very ownproduction called "Cal Poly's OWN (Original Women's Narratives): PowHerful Voices of Storytelling". While we celebrate TVM's tradition, the GEC hopes to empower women-identified students to share their own voices, and in doing so experience the power of storytelling for themselves. Through "Cal Poly's OWN", students will be able to submit their own stories and testimonies to share, represent, and speak to their own experiences as women and female identified students at Cal Poly.
For more information about the production, or how to get involved with Cal Poly’s OWN, please click HERE!
Past Events and Projects
Don't Put Me in a Box Photo Gallery with Guest Speaker Laverne Cox
During Spring 2015, with support from the Office of University Diversity & Inclusivity, and ASI, the GEC hosted Don't Put Me in a Box, an photo project, in conjunction with actress and social activist Laverne Cox's visit to campus. The photos depicted how Cal Poly students and campus community challenge gender stereotypes and sexism every day. The gallery was displayed on May 14th following Laverne Cox's keynote address. The photo project will continued to be displayed around campus throughout the year, so keep a look out for it!
THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES/LOS MONOLOGUES DE LA VAGINA
Every February the GEC, produces the award winning play, The Vagina Monologues. In 2015 the GEC produced the Spanish-language version, Los Monologues de la Vagina for the first time in Cal Poly history. The Vagina Monologues was created in 1998 by author and activist Eve Ensler, who interviewed hundreds of different women on taboo topics regarding their womanhood, sexuality, gender, relationships, and yes, their vaginas. Currently the GEC will be stepping away from TVM to create “Cal Poly’s OWN (Original Women’s Narratives)” PowerHerful Voices of Storytelling”, a production that is created by and for self-identified women/students at Cal Poly! For more information please see the information above.