University of Southern California

SCampus Student Guidebook

Student Services

Center for Women and Men

Director: La Shonda Coleman
Assistant Director: Todd Henneman
(213) 740-4900
(213) 321-3982 (24-hour emergency line)
Student Union 202

USC Center for Women and Men (CWM) focuses on fostering gender equality, nurturing healthy relationships and helping victims of sexual coercion, sexual assault, dating violence, student-on-student sexual harassment and stalking. The center provides workshops about building healthy relationships, debunking gender stereotypes and becoming an active bystander who helps maintain a safe community. Through its Sexual Assault Resource Center, the USC Center for Women and Men provides confidential counseling and advocacy for students who have experienced sexual coercion, sexual assault or childhood sexual abuse. The mission of the center is to:

  • inspire members of the campus community to become involved in gender-related issues
  • provide educational programs that build skills to promote a respectful environment
  • support student activity groups committed to gender-related issues
  • create a safe and confidential space that provides counseling and advocacy to survivors of sexual coercion, sexual assault, sexual harassment, childhood sexual abuse, dating or intimate-partner violence, stalking and other gender-based harm

If you are or have been a victim of rape, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, harassment or other gender-based harm, you are encouraged to talk to a counselor at CWM or at any outside agency such as the Rape Treatment Center at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center.

The center serves students, staff and faculty. Communication with the office is confidential (unless a person requests information to be shared by signing a release), making it a safe environment to discuss matters without fear of reprisal. CWM staff members are able to provide the following:

  • confidential counseling;
  • referrals to off-campus counseling services, legal services, medical care, rape treatment centers and shelters for survivors of intimate partner violence;
  • assistance with and accompaniment while filing crime reports with police;
  • on-campus avoidance of contact orders and support in obtaining Superior Court restraining orders;

Programs and resources offered by CWM include the following:

  • mandatory prevention education sessions for incoming students;
  • workshops conducted by the center’s staff about healthy relationships, gender stereotypes and gender roles, preventing sexual assaults and other gender-related topics. Discussions are tailored to meet the learning needs of the audience;
  • a male-to-male peer education program known as Men Care whose members also conduct community service projects and serve as role models;
  • small-group discussions about consent and the prevention of sexual assault facilitated by Men Care and supervised by a professional staff member;
  • a series of talks led by faculty members and other guest speakers, exploring the intersection of gender and other social issues;
  • an annual women’s leadership retreat, which explores feminism and builds skills;
  • USC’s annual Take Back The Night week of events culminating with a candlelight vigil protesting sexual violence, co-sponsored by the Women’s Student Assembly and Take Back the Night committee;
  • the Clothesline Project, a permanent collection of shirts memorializing survivors’ experience of gender-based violence, co-sponsored by the Women’s Student Assembly and Take Back the Night committee;
  • Denim Day at USC, an annual event devoted to debunking myths about sexual assault;
  • leadership opportunities;
  • a lending library of books and DVDs about feminism, masculinity, sexual health, self-help, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking and other gender-related topics; and
  • literature for students, staff, faculty and their loved ones.

CWM services are available to members of the USC community on both the University Park and Health Sciences campuses. The CWM is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, and appointments and drop-in visits are welcome. At night and during weekends, a recorded message provides callers in crisis situations with an after-hours number, (213) 321-3982.

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