Student organizations provide an opportunity to connect with classmates, faculty and people who share your passions near and far. WGSS is proud to host several student orgs that offer many incredible opportunities!
The College Feminists provide an opportunity for students, members of the UWEC campus community, and the greater Eau Claire community to support gender equity. The organization is intended to be organic in that it changes over time according to the needs of the community. There will be social, educational, and activist opportunities. The group also strives to be constructive and collaborative, working with other student and community groups. You do not have to identify as a feminist to join the group and multiple feminisms are represented, so come as you are.
Past activities have included guest speakers and creative readings; “Feminism on Tap” (aka “ask a feminist”); drives and fundraisers (food, tampons, and other resources for organizations, including one in collaboration with Nicaraguan feminists for Pico Rojo); co-sponsored and/or helped advertise events for other groups; etc.
Visit the UWECFems Facebook page to get an idea of some of the things the group has done in the past.
IOTA IOTA IOTA Honor Society
Iota Iota Iota (Triota) is a national honor society that was started at the Metropolitan State University (MSU) - Denver in 1985 and has grown to 108 chapters nationwide in the last 35 years. The Greek letter, Iota, was selected for the name to represent the three goddesses Inana, Ishtar and Isis. Triota strives to maintain feminist values and promote equity, diversity, and inclusivity (EDI), and a supportive academic environment for all students.
As a member of Alpha Tau, you will be part of the larger IOTA IOTA IOTA community nationwide.
- Students need to be a major or a minor in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexualities Program (WGSS).
- Students must have completed 9 credits of WGSS courses.
- Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA in WGSS courses AND at least a 3.0 overall
Womxn Uniting and Fighting Coalition (WUF)
Womxn Uniting and Fighting (WUF) is a coalition of students, faculty and staff that are combatting sexism and misogyny at UWEC. Our main project is to replace the former Women's Center on campus with a newer and more inclusive one that takes on an intersectional lens.
WUF believes that system-wide changes to the culture and climate of sexism, racism, and misogyny at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (UWEC) are necessary for gender and racial justice. They believe that, although womxn are a majority on our campus, they are still institutionally marginalized and face gender discrimination, sexual harassment and violence. For womxn students and faculty of color in particular, experiences of sexism and misogyny often intersect with those of racism and xenophobia. This evidences the need for an Intersectional Womxn’s Center that represents and provides a supportive community space for the diverse population of womxn at UWEC.
Given that Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity is a “top priority” for UWEC, the goal of this project is consistent with UWEC’s commitment “to creating a campus that is open, supportive and focused on dismantling racism, sexism, homophobia and xenophobia” (https://www.uwec.edu/diversity/). The project is also consistent with the mission of the university to create “an inclusive campus community that challenges students to develop their intellectual, personal, cultural, and social competencies” (https://www.uwec.edu/acadaff/university-mission/).