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MSU Gender Network

There are a large number of units and organizations involved in teaching, research and service devoted to women, gender, and sexuality issues on the MSU campus. GenCen has compiled this network as a way to provide an opportunity for groups to collaborate around common themes and issues and to effectively coordinate both academic and service activities at MSU and beyond.

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Bringing together these units under an administrative network enhances the existing strengths in the areas of women, gender, and sexuality studies. If you are part of a group that is not listed on this page and would like to be included, please email us with your information and we will be happy to add you!

These groups are broken up into three categories: Academic & Research Groups, Support Resources for Women in Academia, and Student & Support Organizations.

Academic & Research Groups

Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence

The Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence provides a collaborative, multi-disciplinary vehicle for MSU faculty and students to engage in social action research that influences local, state, national and international practice and policy related to gender-based violence.
Contact: Facebook / Twitter

Lori E. Talsky Center for Human Rights of Women and Children (College of Law)

The mission of the Talsky Center is to educate students and the broader community about international human rights law and international humanitarian law. More broadly, the Center is dedicated to furthering human rights, especially of women and children as the most vulnerable members of society. The Center is part of MSU College of Law and independently funded by Lori E. Talsky, her husband Alan S. Zekelman, and alumna of the law school.

Support Resources for Women in Academia

Women and Minorities in the Physical SciencesMSU Chapter (WaMPS)

WaMPS works to promote diversity in the physical sciences—and especially in physics—by supporting current graduate students and encouraging more women and minorities to enter the field. We do this through monthly meetings and events, a mentoring program for undergraduates at MSU, and a science outreach program for the local community.
Contact: Filomena Nunes | Facebook 

Michigan State Women in Computing

Michigan State University Women in Computing (MSU WIC) is an organization of students and faculty (both men and women) who work to recruit, support and retain women in computing fields. It is a chapter of ACM-W. We host many events during the semester, including tech talks from visiting companies, hackathons, tech workshops for 6-12, web development workshops, and more.
Contact: Laura Dillon or Amber Benton | Facebook 

Women of Distinction

Women of Distinction is a goal and business oriented coalition aiding in the professional development of minority, undergraduate women on Michigan State's campus. We aim to motivate and encourage women to maintain and expand their foundations upon entry into college so that they may become distinct leaders and individuals in their professions post-graduation.
Contact: LaVelle Gipson-Tansil or WomenOfDistinctionMSU(at)

Student & Support Organizations


HerCampus is the only online, female personal interest magazine by female Spartans for female Spartans.
Contact: Caitlin Taylor | Facebook / Twitter / Instagram 

Michigan State A-Spectrum

The purpose of this organization is to create a safe meeting place for asexual and aromantic people, discuss asexuality, aromanticism and other gender and sexuality issues, and promote awareness and education about asexuality and aromanticism. Contact: msuaspec(at) | Facebook 

MSU LBGT Resource Center

The MSU LBGT Resource Center leads and collaborates on university initiatives that prepare students to thrive in a diverse world while enhancing the campus climate and support services for students marginalized by their sexuality or gender identity. The Resource Center is for everyone, helping to create community for LGBTQ+ students on campus while helping to get folks connected to appropriate support systems and resources.
Contact: lbgtrc(at) | Facebook / Twitter / Instagram 

MSU Safe Place 

MSU Safe Place is a program that addresses relationship violence and stalking. We are located on the campus of Michigan State University and serve students, faculty, staff, their spouses/partners and non-affiliated members in the Greater Lansing Area. We provide advocacy, emergency shelter, counseling, support groups, safety planning, information and referrals to survivors of violence and their minor children. All support services are free and confidential. Additionally, we work to increase awareness about relationship violence and stalking through community education, outreach efforts, expert witness training, professional trainings and consultation.
Contact: Lydia Weiss | Facebook / Twitter

MSU Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention Team 

The Sexual Assault Program run out of the MSU Counseling Center, provides immediate crisis intervention and advocacy services to women and men who have been impacted by rape or sexual assault. Crisis Intervention and Advocacy Services available include: a 24-hour hotline; 24-hour medical advocacy; and legal advocacy. These services are available to survivors of sexual assault and their non-offending significant others.
Contact: Tana Fedewa | 24-Hour Sexual Assault Hotline: (517) 372-6666

MSU Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Prevention Team

The Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence (SARV) Prevention Program promotes safety and improves quality of life by educating students on sexual assault and relationship violence, eliminating violence on campus, empowering students to become advocates for a non-violent community and positively effecting social change.
Contact: Kelly Schweda 


OurSpace is a small, confidential support group provided by the Counseling Center for LGBT, queer, or questioning students who would like to meet in a safe setting.
Conact: Jen Grzegorek


Q-Cross is an organization that aims to provide a safe and supportive space for lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, queer or questioning individuals who have felt rejected by the Church and would like to be in a community with people that understand Christianity differently.
Contact: qcrossmsu(at) | Facebook / Twitter 


TransAction is a Michigan State University campus based group that focuses on the needs of the trans community and its allies. We do our best to support the LGBTQIA+ community at MSU and act as a safe space for all students.
Contact: Alex Lange | Facebook 

Women's Council MSU

Women's Council (WoCo) is a safe space to hang out, meet new people and talk about women and gender equality-focused issues. WoCo also has a focus on activism and working to create positive change. You do not have to identify as a female or a woman to come, you also do not have to me an MSU student to attend meetings. Everyone is welcome.
Contact: Lydia Weiss | Facebook / Twitter 

Women's Resource Center 

*At the close of the 2015-16 academic year, the WRC was incorporated into the new Worklife Office at MSU. Please contact Krysta Coleman in the Student Affairs & Services office with any programmatic concerns or inquiries. 
The MSU Women's Resource Center's mission is to empower women to achieve personal, professional and academic success, create a climate that advocates for gender equity, values inclusion and provides resources that enable all students, faculty and staff to become active members of the MSU community. The WRC works toward leadership development, social justice and addressing gender related issues/concerns for all genders through educational programs, conferences, newsletters and other resources.

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