Grand Opening Planned for the Williamson House
The Williamson House, the new home of Kent State University’s Women’s Center and the Office for Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services, will host an open house on Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 4-6 p.m. All are invited to celebrate the move with food, festivities and new friends!
The new Williamson House includes a student study lounge, space for interns and student organizations, office space for the offices’ expanding staffs and a quiet room for nursing mothers or those looking for a private spot to reflect.
“The two offices have a long history of collaboration, and we are excited to have the space to grow in our distinct missions and serve the Kent State community in even better ways,” says Heather Adams, executive director of the Women’s Center.
The Office for Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services was established in 2013 to educate the community about violence prevention, empower them to build healthy relationships and respond to students in need. The office provides education to students, university awareness, and faculty and staff professional development related to power-based personal violence. Additionally, the office’s advocacy and expertise help to create a safer campus and provide personalized support to students who have encountered intimate partner and sexual violence.
The Women’s Center, which also is celebrating its 20th anniversary, promotes equity for women on campus through collaborative advocacy, action and care. The bigger space at Williamson House will provide much-needed room to expand its programs; these include everything from leadership initiatives and programs, to addressing food insecurity, study hours for students who are mothers and celebrations honoring the achievements of women on campus.
The Women’s Center and Office for Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services formerly shared space in the Carriage House. This summer, both offices moved across the parking lot to the Williamson House when the Alumni Center moved to its new home in the Center for Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement. Stop by on Sept. 28 to see their new home and learn more about their work.