Gender Equity Center Common Questions

Does the Gender Equity Center test for pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections (STIs)? We are not a medical center, and as such, we do not offer any testing. JWU Health Services does offer pregnancy testing. We can also help you make an appointment for confidential pregnancy and/or STI testing at a local clinic.

Does the Gender Equity Center offer personal counseling? The center is not staffed by a professional counselor but can assist to connect students to free personal counseling with JWU’s Counseling Services. The director is available to listen and will assist with referrals for further assistance.

Students interested in scheduling an appointment can contact the Student Counseling Center at 401-598-1016. In an emergency or after normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm), please contact Safety & Security at 401-598-1103 to be connected to a counselor.

Many issues are not crisis-related. Students, parents, faculty and staff are welcome to call or stop in to talk.

I think I’ve had an unwanted sexual experience, what do I do? First, attempt to get to a safe place.

Counseling Services provides free confidential services for JWU students, including sexual assault support services. Consult Counseling Services for detailed information about seeking prompt medical attention, reporting an assault, and finding strong post-assault support, as well as JWU and local resources.

If you have experienced sexual assault in the past and are looking for support and assistance, the Gender Equity Center and Counseling Services offer a wide variety of resources for survivors. Also, Day One RI is Rhode Island’s sexual assault & trauma resource center and offers counseling, advocacy and prevention education programs.

Why should I get involved in the Gender Equity Center? It's your center! Anyone is welcome to volunteer in a variety of capacities. You can work with existing programs or coordinate new ones. Stop in today to see how you can get active!

For more information call the Gender Equity Center at 401-598-1138 or email Center director Korina Anja Ramsland.