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Programs and Services

Women's Center Programs & Services

The Women’s Center offers a variety of programs for students. From our monthly Wind Down Wednesdays and Lunch and Learn Workshops, to Signature Events like the Reproductive Justice Conference, Black Femme Dinner, and WomC Awards.

Read on to learn more about our programs and check out our DukeGroups page to sign up and attend!

The Femme Student Group Showcase is intended to connect students to some cool women and femme-led student groups on campus. With topics ranging from career and business, gender equity and the arts, to STEM and politics, there’s a femme student group for all kinds of students! Interested in advertising your femme-led student group to new Duke students? Email with the subject line “Femme Showcase” to learn more.

Every October, the Duke Women’s Center partners with Student Health, DuWell, and other organizations for a Breast Health Info fair in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Featuring informational tables with info on caring for healthy breasts, general health and mindfulness, 5-minute meditation techniques, advice on healthy diets, and tons of free giveaways! Soma Bra Fitters are also on-site to help women correctly measure their bust size. We invite all femmes and thems with boobs and breasts to come out and learn more!

In collaboration with the Mary Lou Center for Black Culture, the Women’s Center puts on this annual event to celebrate the lives of Black femme students on campus! Students can network with Black femme faculty and staff, hang out with other Black female students, and learn more about Duke’s Black femme student groups and the work they are doing on campus. With this event, we hope to create space for Black femme students to build a safe, educated, and supportive community.

Having trouble connecting with your fellow STEM students? Feeling lost navigating this primarily male-dominated field? Join the Women’s Center for our STEMixer and chat with professors and faculty in your STEM field and learn about their strategies for success. Learn about advancing gender equity in the field and paving your own path to career and personal success.

The Salary Smart workshop, hosted in collaboration with the Duke Career Center, is an event designed to help women and femme identified students to learn more about the gender pay gap and how to advocate for equal pay.

Reproductive Justice Conference — The Duke Women’s Center hosts the Reproductive Justice Conference as part of our Women’s History Month programming in March. We use SisterSong's definition of reproductive justice, described as “the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities.” We work with content-matter experts, activists, and community members interested in these issues to participate as panelists and moderators for the conference. For more about this year’s theme and how to get involved, visit the Reproductive Justice Conference page on our website or email with the subject line “ReProJoCo.”

Duke WomC Awards — The WomC Awards, or Duke Women’s Center Awards, are our way of celebrating Duke students who have gone above and beyond in advancing gender equity on our campus. At this event, we celebrate a year’s long fellowship with our allies and advocates in social change with awesome speakers, free food, and lots of fun! The WomC Award ceremony recognizes individuals and campus organizations making an impact at Duke and beyond with 5 award categories to honor the amazing contributions of women and femme-identified folks on campus, locally, state-wide, and nationally. For more about this year’s celebration, visit the Duke WomC Awards page on our website or email with the subject line “WomC Awards.”

Wind Down Wednesdays — Students can come by the Duke Women’s Center on the first Wednesday of every month for fun, food, and community building! Events include creative writing workshops, pumpkin painting, cookie decorating, and more!

Lunch & Learn Workshops — Women and femme-identifying students should join the Duke Women’s Center every third Wednesday of the month in Bolton Tower for a free lunch workshop. Topics range from wellness and accessibility, to creativity and self love, and so much more! Have an idea for a workshop topic or want to host one yourself? Email with the subject line “LL&S Workshop.”

FemmePod — The FemmePod is a new resource for students to hear the Women’s Center interns’ thoughts on various issues affecting women and femme identified students. Students can listen to the FemmePod for deep dives on topics from menstrual care products, to gym safety, and much more! Link to FemmePod: FemmePod on Soundcloud

Alternative Spring Break — The Alternative Break Program at the Women’s Center is a new community engagement initiative that connects women and femme identifying students to local service projects and nonprofit organizations. Our Alternative Break program will allow students to explore their sense of self as it relates to a larger society through education, community building, direct service, and reflection. More info to come! For more information, email with the subject line “Alternative SB.”

Her Garden: Women of Color Mentoring Initiative — Her Garden is a new mentoring program for women of color that starts recruitment in Spring 2024! Informed by feminist, womanist, and social justice principles and theory, we are seeking to create a space for Women of Color to grow into their authentic selves through connection with others, to learn to exercise agency and creativity in their daily lives, and to feel supported and empowered in all that they do. For more information, visit the Women of Color Mentoring Program page on our website or email with the subject “Her Garden.”   

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Have a Program Idea?

Students are integral to the development and implementation of programs and services offered by the Women's Center. Their contribution allows us to offer a range of programming that includes, but is not limited to, the programs described below.

For more information about any of these programs, or to implement an idea of your own, please contact