What others are Doing

Given that campus culture affects everyone – sometimes in vastly different ways – it is important that a multitude of voices and perspectives participate in the commitment to make CSU a great place for people of all genders.

By working closely with different units across campus and supporting their efforts, the Women & Gender Collaborative encourages diverse members of our CSU community to identify and develop new ways to improve the campus culture and climate around women and gender for everyone – women and men; faculty, staff, and students. 

The Collaborative supports these groups by informing, facilitating, and increasing the visibility of their efforts. 

See what others are doing for CSU employees and students, read featured SOURCE stories, and get involved! 

Or, GET INSPIRED, and then let us know how you're creating a campus culture that supports women and people of all genders. We'll add it to the list!

Groups and Programs - Faculty, Staff, & Graduate Students

 Women of Color and Allies Network

The Women of Color and Allies Network seeks to empower and support its women of color and allied members while also providing education to the CSU community. All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to get involved with the network. Staff and faculty can also attend the Women of Color Annual Summit to network, build relationships, and benefit from professional development programs that are specifically geared toward women of color.

The Women of Color and Allies Network is supported by the Office of the Vice President for Diversity and the President’s Commission on Women and Gender Equity. Learn more about the Commission’s charge here.

Emerging Women's Leadership Webinar Series

This series is designed for emerging women leaders, early career and mid-level, and is sponsored by the Office of Training and Organizational Development. All CSU faculty and staff are welcome to attend at no charge. The webinars feature guest speakers from industry and discussion facilitators from CSU who share their top career and leadership tips for success.

Registration for the webinar series is required.

Kathryn T. Bohannon Speaker Series

Formally known as Women at Noon, the Kathryn T. Bohannon Speaker Series is hosted by the Women and Gender Advocacy Center (WGAC) throughout the spring and fall semesters.

The Speaker Series serves to provide a safe place on campus for women and the community to explore a variety of topic areas from a “gender” perspective.

Topic areas covered are broad and the primary intention of the program is to ensure that women’s voices are readily heard on campus, to provide a community for women, and those interested in the lives of women, and to broaden understanding of women’s lives. The Bohannon Speaker Series is often hosted as a collaborative effort within the Division of Student Affairs, and/or colleges/departments across the university, as well as the community at large. The Speaker Series is free and anyone is welcome to attend.

The Bohannon Speaker Series is coordinated by Angelica Murray. If you have any questions, concerns, suggestions for future topics, or need an ASL interpreter please contact the WGAC.

CSU Women's Association

The CSU Women’s Association is a University affiliated organization that provides scholarships to students, brings people together through interest groups and community service, and hosts special events. Membership is open to faculty, staff, and community members.

Find more information on scholarship and involvement opportunities here.

Stories - n - Steps

Many of us who work, learn, and play at CSU already know that gender matters to our everyday lives in important, and sometimes painful, ways. Yet, we also know that it can be difficult to share stories of when gender did matter - perhaps we fear exposure and retaliation; the story may be too complex to tell; we don’t know who to trust; or we assume no one cares to hear our story.

This project seeks to circumvent the structures that silence us and provide an opportunity for people to share their stories, anonymously and safely, so that we can educate one another on how gender affects us all in different ways here at CSU. It was funded by a Ripple Effect Grant in 2015.

Read the 6-word stories that were written by CSU employees and students during 2015-2016.

CSU Moms Group

Juggling work and family is a complicated task. This informal group provides a safe, non-judgmental network of support for working mothers at CSU and all the complicated decisions that come with it.  We hold monthly meetings to allow working mothers to discuss joys, concerns, fears, and worries about motherhood, child-rearing, breast-feeding, professional development, and any other topic brought before the group.

To join the mailing list, contact Cassidy McLaren (Cassidy.McLaren@colostate.edu) or Haley Richards (Haley.Richards@colostate.edu)

International and Domestic Female PhD Scholars Series 

The Graduate School is proud to offer a series of professional development opportunities for graduate students. This program creates opportunities for international and domestic women graduate students at CSU to meet and peer-mentor one another. Programs are facilitated by Amanda West and cover topics such as: Resources for Academic Support, Time Management Strategies in Graduate School, Navigating Faculty Relationships, and Methods to Enhance Professional Writing and Presentation Skills. 

Visit the Graduate School website for other resources and events that may be added throughout the semester.

International Programs Distinguished Speakers

The Office of International Programs promotes intercultural understanding and creates opportunities for international engagement throughout the entire CSU community with its international initiatives, including bringing world-class women leaders to campus over the past couple of years to help celebrate International Women’s Day.

ACT Human Rights Film Festival

The inaugural ACT Human Rights Film Festival at CSU encouraged audiences to Awaken to human rights stories from around the world, Connect with the people involved with the films, and Transform the world by taking actions that make a difference. Many of the films specifically highlighted the lives of women and girls.

CSU Writes

CSU Writes exists to help CSU faculty and graduate students develop healthy and productive writing habits to further their research. The philosophy supporting this program is rooted in the ways women's collective projects can bring out the best in the group’s individual participants, but CSU Writes is inclusive to people of all genders. 

This group was initially funded through the Ripple Effect Grant Program in 2014.

Visit the CSU Writes website for more information.

Women's Studies Project on Teaching, Curriculum and Scholarship

Each year a small group of faculty members are invited to participate in the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research's Project on Teaching, Curriculum and Scholarship from a list of those self-nominated or recommended by prior participants or department chairs.

Participating faculty meet throughout the academic year with the designated Project Coordinator(s) to explore new approaches in the design/redesign of a course of their choice that they will teach in a subsequent semester. Together they engage in activities that include the discovery of content about women in the various disciplines, the acquisition of scholarly work by women that is appropriate for inclusion in the course, and the introduction of and dialogue about pedagogical practices that serve to create a more inclusive classroom with the full participation and inquiry by all students. Participants are also supported in exploring new research questions and methodologies, and identifying new avenues for funding, publication and recurrent professional involvement related to their areas of interest. Participants are awarded a stipend to purchase materials that support their work.

If you are interested in learning more about the Women's Studies Project on Teaching, Curriculum and Scholarship or participating in future related events, call the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research at 491-2882.

Women in Natural Sciences 

The Women in Natural Sciences (WINS) program aims to promote women in the sciences with the goal of providing networking, mentoring, and educational opportunities to women faculty. The program includes all women faculty with regular or special appointments within the College and strives to improve retention and uplift the workplace climate.

WINS seeks to increase the visibility and education of the diverse scientific community through lectures, travel awards, and small research grants for graduate student projects within the College of Natural Sciences.

Support the Girls - Fort Collins

Support the Girls is a charitable organization that donates gently used bras and sealed packages of tampons and maxi pads. We have a local affiliate at CSU that brings provides the donations to homeless women and girls in Fort Collins.

Donations go directly to the following organizations:

Crossroads Safehouse, Fort Collins Rescue Mission, Homeless Gear, Center for Family Outreach, Larimer Workforce, and the Fostering Success Program for CSU Students

Please drop off donations at the following campus locations:

Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering B104E

Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness, 105 University Services Center, Howes Street

Ethnic Studies, 202 Eddy Hall

OR send bras and period products to:

Support the Girls
P.O. Box 315
Fort Collins, CO 80523

For more information or questions about how to donate, email STGFortCollins@gmail.com.

Graduate Women in Science 

The purpose of the Graduate Women in Science (GWIS), Northern Colorado Chapter is to foster an inter-disciplinary and supportive community of scientists of all gender expressions and gender identities.

For more information or to get involved, click here.

Groups and Programs - Undergraduate Students

Red Whistle Brigade

The Red Whistle Brigade is supported by the Women and Gender Advocacy Center (WGAC). The Brigade consists of a group of students whose primary responsibilities include educating CSU faculty, staff, and students on such topics as gender socialization, gender-based violence, healthy relationships, and more.

In order to join the Brigade, students must complete WS 397- Intro to Gender-Based Violence in a U.S. Context. This 3-credit class is offered each spring and open to any CSU student, regardless of major.

The Red Whistle Brigade utilizes peer education in several formats, such as flash mobs, traditional facilitation, plaza days, and more. Their goal is to interrupt gender-based oppression on the CSU campus and promote a healthy learning environment for individuals of all gender expressions and identifications. Learn more about the WGAC here.

Men in the Movement

Men in the Movement is a group based out of the Women and Gender Advocacy Center (WGAC) that deconstructs restrictive notions of masculinity and challenges societal notions of what it means to “be a man.” Men in the Movement serves as a safe space for men to begin the process of reconstructing gender and masculinity. This includes full self-expression and strong relationships between men, as well as between men and women, thus allowing men to challenge violence in all its forms, particularly gender-based violence.

Men in the Movement consists in CSU undergraduate men who meet on campus once a week to discuss various topics that relate to masculinity, gender socialization, interpersonal violence prevention, healthy relationships, and gender and sexual politics. Every three weeks these sessions are open to any who would like to expand their awareness on the chosen topic.

Click here to learn more about Men in the Movement or to become involved in this important initiative! Please contact Carl Olsen at carl.olsen@colostate.edu with questions.

Victim Assistance Team

The Victim Assistance Team, supported by the Women and Gender Advocacy Center (WGAC), consists of trained advocates who confidentially assist survivors of sexual assault, relationship/dating violence, and stalking experienced either on or off campus. VAT also serves the secondary support persons of survivors.

VAT Volunteers are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to provide emotional support and information to primary and secondary survivors.

Advocates are specially trained to assist victims of all genders to cope with the emotional, physical, psychological, and legal aftermath of interpersonal violence. Survivors remain in charge of their own decision-making process.

VAT Volunteers consist of faculty, staff, and students who have gone through extensive advocacy training and understand the effects of interpersonal violence and confidentiality. Visit the website to learn more or download an advocate volunteer application.

Please contact Casey Malsam at (970) 491-6384 or at casey.malsam@colostate.edu with questions.

Campus Feminist Alliance

The Campus Feminist Alliance (CFA) is advised by the Women and Gender Advocacy Center (WGAC) and exists to further human rights activism in the community. The CFA meets weekly to discuss feminist ideologies and issues, and pursues all endeavors through a feminist lens.

The CFA’s main event is the annual Take Back the Night, the goal of which is to raise awareness of issues surrounding sexual violence. Take Back the Night begins with a speak-out where sexual assault survivors break the silence around interpersonal violence and share their stories. The speak-out is followed by a march to Downtown Fort Collins and a rally featuring a keynote speaker.

Click here to learn more or join the organization. Please call (970) 491-6384 with questions.

Black Women's Summit

The Black Women's Summit embodies African American women in higher education and provides resources for their development, such as workshops and discussions centered around health, sexuality, relationships, time management, professionalism, and self-love that help African American women understand the roles they play in sisterhood.  The summit occurs twice a year, fall and spring semester.

Contact the Black/African American Cultural Center at 970-219-8550 or visit the B/AACC office website for more information.

Students United for Reproductive Justice

Students United for Reproductive Justice (SURJ) of Colorado State University is advised by the Women and Gender Advocacy Center (WGAC). Members of this organization believe in the right for all human beings to manage their own fertility and reproductive health. They also advocate for open access to reproductive health care, as well as sexual health programs that accurately enhance understanding of human sexuality and reproduction.

The main purpose of Students United for Reproductive Justice is to educate the University community about reproductive health and rights, to translate increased awareness into pro-choice activism on campus, and to serve as a coalition partner to state, national, and international reproductive rights efforts.

Visit their website for more information or to join the organization. Please contact Katie Beth Kaylor at Katie.Kaylor@rams.colostate.edu with questions.

Survivor Speakers Bureau

An important part of healing and activism for survivors of interpersonal abuse (sexual assault, child sexual abuse, relationship violence, stalking and sexual harassment, etc.) is to tell their story to others, which is why the Women and Gender Advocacy Center (WGAC) offers a Survivor Speakers Bureau. The Bureau exists for primary and secondary survivors (support persons of survivors) to share their stories in a empathetic and supportive atmosphere.

Survivors must complete a two-hour orientation before they speak for classes, programs, and conferences arranged by the WGAC. Many speaking opportunities are for panels where several survivors tell their stories together.

If you are interested in attending the next training or scheduling a Survivor Speaker Bureau presentation for your organization, please contact Kathryn Woods at (970) 491-3684 or by email at Kathryn.woods@colostate.edu.

"The ____ Monologues"

"The ___ Monologues" is an entirely student written and performed show about social justice issues that students face on campus (led by Bailey Cross and supported by the Puksta Scholarship).

The goal of the production is to get the CSU community talking about issues that often are swept under the rug and ignored, while inspiring and empowering students and staff to take action and raising money for organizations in our community who are doing important work on these issues. Last year, issues ranged from sexism, domestic abuse, sexual assault and human trafficking to racism and homophobia. Over three shows in March 2016, "The ___ Monologues" raised $2,041 for Crossroads Safehouse and iEmpathize.

SheJumps CSU 

SheJumps CSU is modeled after the national SheJumps organization, created by elite athlete Lynsey Dyer, which seeks to increase the participation of girls and women in outdoor activities. 
SheJumps CSU allows women to participate in activities - kayaking, snowshoeing, skiing, rock climbing, and more - all in a positive and supportive environment.

The organization offers three levels of difficulty- JumpIn for first time participants, JumpUp for active athletes, and JumpOut for elite athletes.

Click here to learn more about SheJumps CSU and to get involved!


Rambition is a program in Athletics to help foster the overall personal, professional and leadership development of Colorado State University’s women student-athletes. Rambition strives to enhance the experience women student-athletes have as both students and athletes while cultivating a network amongst each other and with other women in the community.

Queer Women Engaging in an Encouraging Nexus (QWEEN)

QWEEN is a celebratory group that supports queer-identifying women at CSU and provides an encouraging and safe environment to discuss different topics, such as sex education and awareness. QWEEN also serves to foster relationships and acceptance between queer-identifying women.

Visit QWEEN’s website for more information or to join the organization!

Women in Business Association

The Women in Business Association is a new student group that creates opportunities for women students in Business to connect with and empower one another to be strong leaders when they step into the professional world through mentorship, seminars, discussions, field trips, workshops and presentations. The programming is focused on helping members discover their strengths.

In order to join the group, students must be a business major. The group hosts a meeting every Wednesday evening. To get involved either email wiba.csu@gmail.com or visit the group’s Facebook page

Survivor Support Group

The Women and Gender Advocacy Center (WGAC) offers a weekly support group for survivors of interpersonal violence, including sexual assault, stalking, adult survivors of child sexual abuse, and/or relationship violence. Space is held for those who seek to share their stories and find community every Friday at 3:30 pm.

For more information contact the WGAC at (970) 491-6384 or visit their website.

Coming Out Group - Sexuality  

The Pride Resource Center hosts a Coming Out Group - Sexuality (COGS).

COGS was founded in Spring, 2008. The group lasts for 10 weeks and offers participants safe opportunities to develop deeper self-awareness about themselves and LGBTQ communities. Topics include coming out, families, healthy relationships, wellness, religion and spirituality, and much more. Participants have ranged from not being out at all to being out to particular groups of people.

Please contact the Pride Resource Center at (970) 491-4342 for more information.

Visible Voices

Visible Voices is a popular educational program adapted and coordinated by the Pride Resource Center at CSU. The goals of this program are to educate the CSU community on what it is like to be LGBTQQI identifying, as well as dispel myths and stereotypes surrounding members of this community.

Visible Voices involves a panel of 2-4 LGBTQQI identifying volunteers who speak at various events, including classes, residence halls, churches, etc. Panel presentations include five segments: personal introductions, introduction to the Pride Resource Center, coming out stories, Q & A, and evaluations. The panel also invites audiences to write questions on blank index cards to provide a more comfortable and educational atmosphere.

If you would like a Visible Voices Panel to speak at your event or organization, want to become a panel member, or just want to learn more about this program, click here.

African American Women Dedicated to Excellence

African American Women Dedicated to Excellence is a mentoring group for first-year African American women, working towards the long-term improvement and development of themselves, their backgrounds, and their communities. Different perspectives and backgrounds are not only welcomed, but cherished within the group dynamic and will contribute to the group’s knowledge of a large variety of different cultures and backgrounds. Some laughing is guaranteed, and maybe even some crying will be involved, but whatever the circumstance, we will truly enter as strangers, and leave with a bond of lifelong sisterhood. The program meets once a week during students' first semester of college.

Registration is open the summer before the academic year. Contact the Black/African American Cultural Center at 970-491-5781 or their website for more information.


COLORS is a student organization created in the Fall of 2015. It’s intention is to to provide an open, diverse, and inclusive space for students of color who identify within the GLBTQAA+ community. In addition, COLORS aims to educate the CSU community through awareness of intersectionality and multiculturalism.

Click here to learn more about COLORS or to join the organization!

No More Injustice

No More Injustice exists to explore areas of oppression and host regular events to build awareness and inspire communities to take action against social injustice and human rights issues. No More Injustice aims to create opportunities for community members to see and experience a variety of transgressions that exist throughout our world.

No More Injustice puts on an annual event on campus entitled Enslaved, a simulation on the realities of modern-day slavery including human sex trafficking. Click here to learn more about the student organization.

Association of Computer Machinery - Women Student Chapter at CSU

This chapter organizes around promoting and empowering women in the field of computing. It operates specifically for educational and scientific purposes with a four-fold mission to increase knowledge of, and greater interest in, the contributions of women in the science, design, development, construction, languages, management, and applications of modern computing.

Visit the website for more information or to join the organization.

United Women of Color

United Women of Color is an organization affiliated with CSU’s Black/African American Cultural Center (B/AACC) and is designed to unite underrepresented female-identified individuals on and off campus through positive service, programming, and fellowship.

Find more information about or join United Women of Color here.

Native American Women's Circle

The Native American Women's Circle was created to enhance social, group, individual, and cultural support for the women of the Native American Cultural Center (NACC). The education and cultural support programs are designed to reflect the importance of Native culture while encompassing the role of being a woman. The group invites guest speakers, takes field trips, and shares materials about traditions, cultural practices, and current women's issues.

Visit the Native American Cultural Center website for more information.


SOGLBT is a social and task group committed to making CSU a fun, educational, and equal place for the GLBT+ community and their allies. The organization offers weekly meetings in social settings to facilitate conversations surrounding GLBT issues and topics.

SOGLBT also hosts events such as Allyship Week, educating the CSU community on how to be effective allies for the GLBT+ community, and the Annual CSU Drag Show, which raises funds for the Northern Colorado AIDS Project (NCAP) and CSU’s Pride Resource Center.

Click here for more information and to join!

Aspire 2 Grow 

Aspire 2 Grow is an annual leadership event dedicated to promoting the education, cultivation, and empowerment of young women in the agricultural industry. Founded in partnership by the Colorado chapter of the Agrium Women’s Inclusion Network (WIN) and the Colorado FFA Foundation, Aspire 2 Grow aims to plant the seeds for our next generation of young leaders. This event will open a window of opportunity for women to empower other aspiring women, to cultivate their potential, and grow the future of women’s leadership in agriculture.

Our Networking event is aimed at providing college-aged women, interested in agriculture, the opportunity to speak with local professionals. 

For more information, contact the Department of Agriculture & Resource Economics at (970) 491-6325. 

Women's Veteran Initiative

The Adult Learner and Veteran Services (ALVS) Office is excited to introduce the start of our Women’s Veteran Initiative at Colorado State University.  CSU & ALVS Office have a history of being very committed to student veterans and we value the importance of developing specific supports and programs for Women Veterans.

Thus far, some components of the new initiative include: 1) survey outreach will be conducted in the spring as a follow up to focus groups in Fall 2016 to improve and develop our services for women student veterans; 2) ALVS will continue to offer a community social program at least once a month in order to foster community and connection among women student veterans; 3) women student veterans who are new to CSU are paired with a Peer Advisor through the PAVE (Peer Advisors for Veteran Education) program; 4) partnering with Military Family Research Institute (MFRI) at Purdue University to bring their Focus Forward Fellowship to CSU and the Colorado community in late spring/early summer of 2017; 5) support of the no-cost Women Veteran Yoga Program, which is offered through the Women & Gender Collaborative and New Start for Student Veterans Program. 

For more information, contact Lisa Chandler at 491-0415 or lisa.chandler@colostate.edu. 


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