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WAGE Center to host open house Nov. 4

RELEASED: Oct. 30, 2009

WAGE logoEAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will hold a grand opening from 1-3 p.m. Nov. 4 to showcase the refurbished Women's and Gender Equity Center.

The public and the campus community are invited to tour the space and learn about the goals, programs and services of the WAGE program, a multifaceted effort to advocate for those who have historically been marginalized because of their sexual and/or gender identity. The open house will be held in the WAGE Center, Room 34 in Schofield Hall. Refreshments will be available.

The new center features a "moms' room" (private space for breastfeeding or pumping, diaper changing and infant care); seminar/meeting space; computing and e-mail stations; information on programs, events, services and referral resources; and adjacent lounge space.

The center also houses the office of WAGE graduate students David Gardner (LGBTQA issues coordinator) and Abby Vercauteren (women's issues coordinator), who started with the WAGE program July 1. The coordinators are available for classroom and public presentations, program and event planning, implementation of awareness events, and resource referral.

WAGE is a collaboratively managed program of UW-Eau Claire's Dean of Students Office and University Centers.

Paula Stuettgen, the recently designated WAGE program director, said the energy of new staff plus a renewed commitment to WAGE's programs and services by the Student Senate are reflected in the remodeled WAGE Center.

"We moved just across the hall from the former center and were granted resources by our students and the University Centers that allowed us to remodel a space," Stuettgen said. "The result will be a vastly improved 'moms' room' (dads with kids are welcome too), and meeting, research and teaching space."

UW-Eau Claire students can complete their service-learning requirement by assisting with WAGE programs and services. Service-learning student positions will be available second semester.

"WAGE offers multiple opportunities for students to connect with diverse populations of students and to make a difference on a campus- and communitywide level," Stuettgen said.

More information about the WAGE program is available online, through Stuettgen at 715-836-4803 or through WAGE at 715-836-2693 or wage@uwec.edu.

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