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Resources for Women

Opportunities and Resources Dealing with Issues Faced by and for Women at the University of Nevada, Reno


  • Women's Studies scholarships abound for women in every category and in every field. Contact: Jen Hill, (775) 682-6390 or
  • Non-traditional scholarship - three $1,000 scholarships are awarded to students 25 years or older, based primarily on need. Undergraduate students must have a 2.5 cumulative UNR GPA and be enrolled in 12 credits. Contact: ASUN President, (775) 784-6589 or
  • Day care scholarship - three $1,000 scholarships are offered which recognize a need for day care financial support. Undergraduate students must have a 2.5 cumulative UNR GPA and be enrolled in 12 credits. Contact: ASUN President, (775) 784-6589 or
  • Graduate Student Association Child Care Scholarship - Graduate students must carry a minimum 3.0 GPA and be registered for 9 credits or 6 credits and an assistantship. The child must be enrolled in a Nevada state licensed child care facility or provider. Awards are given on the basis of need. Priority is given to new applicants, those taking more credits, single income families and those with the most financial need. Proof is required. Applications are due October 15 for the fall semester scholarships and March 15 for the spring semester. Maximum award is $500. Contact: Greg Nuttle, (775) 784-4629

Child Care

Campus Child Care Connections provides information on how to choose quality child care, support for parents, referral to community and network child care providers and access to early childhood resource materials. Contact: Michelle Ghelert, (775) 784-4400

Child and Family Research Center provides early childhood care and education to children age 6 weeks to 6 years old. The program serves University of Nevada, Reno, students, faculty, and staff, and families in the community who meet the annual federal poverty guidelines for the Early Head Start Program. Tuition is calculated on a sliding fee scale based on family household income and the age group of the child. Contact: Calena Greenspan, (775) 682-7641

Academic Course Work

Women's Studies Program

The Women's Studies Program offers a major and a minor in Women's Studies. Students who are pursuing graduate or professional education may elect to complete an Honors Thesis. In addition, as a member of the Gender, Race, and Identity Program, Women's Studies cooperates in offering a Masters and a Certificate in Gender, Race and Identity. Students take a core of required courses and select among a number of electives to construct their areas of emphases. Courses include "Introduction to Feminist Theory", "American Women's Movement and capstone courses, "Men and Masculinities", "Women & Literature", "Feminist Theory & Methods", "Francophone Literature and Film in Translation and Gender Literature & Arts: The Immigrant Experience."

The Women's Studies program is active in sponsoring a variety of events for campus and community audiences. Women's Studies participates in the New Faculty Lecture Series, and works closely with other programs in the university, including International Students and Scholars and the Center for Student Cultural Diversity and community groups such as American Association of University Women, to organize events such as guest speakers, panel discussions, photo exhibits and films, in recognition and celebration of National Women's History Month and International Women's Day. Contact: Jen Hill, (775) 682-6390 or

Legal Assistance

ASUN provides free legal services on domestic issues including divorce actions, child custody, etc. Contact: Sandy Rodriguez, (775) 784-6589


Women Without Borders

The Center is a joint effort between the Center for Student Cultural Diversity and The Women's Studies Program and provides an academic internship (1) credit per semester for two interns, with the objective of providing the programs, services and activities typically associated with campus-based women's resource centers. Women Without Borders also presents events and programs that support ending violence against women, women's rights, and women and their families in local women's shelters.

  • Coat Drive
  • International Women's Day
  • Take Back the Night
  • International Violence Against Women Week
  • Women's Speaker Series

In addition, Women Without Borders provides free ESL tutoring to foreign born women and their families to address the educational and employment disparities that foreign born individual face due to the language barrier. Contact: Dorothy Barry, (775) 784-4936

Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Support

QSU: lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and intersex

The Center for Student Cultural Diversity works with the LGBTIQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer) community to support women who identify as lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and intersex. In collaboration with QSU, programs are in place that focus on high school outreach to GSA's (Gay-Straight Alliances), our Youth Empowerment and Support group for early outreach to middle school students, mentoring university students who are dealing with gender identity and sexual orientation, fundraising for the non-profit LGBT youth center, providing a "safe space" for meeting, working for LGBTIQ rights, and education of non-LGBTIQ persons on the LGBTIQ community.


  • Drag show
  • Gay Prom
  • LGBT Film Festival
  • GSA Summit
  • LGBT Community Mixers
  • LGBT Diversity Training for the School of Medicine, Nursing, Social Work, and Human Development and Family Studies Students
  • Community Health Fair

Contact: Dorothy Barry, (775) 784-4936

Mental and Physical Health

Counseling Services

Counseling Services provides individual, group, and couples counseling for UNR students. Clients bring a variety of concerns, such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders and body image distortion, relationship conflicts, and sexual assault or abuse. Therapy or support groups commonly include grief and loss, eating disorders, anxiety, interpersonal relationships, and sexual orientation. Counseling Services also serves as a referral service for community services, including CAAW (Committee to Aid Abused Women), the Reno Women's Shelter and Step 2 (women's substance abuse treatment services). Contact: Cindy Marczynski, (775) 784-4648

Guarded by the Pack

The Guarded by the Pack Program was established to reduce the overall rates of violence and sexual assault on the UNR campus. This program provides low-cost (via the mandatory counseling fee paid at registration), confidential psychotherapy and liaison services to survivors of violence and/or sexual assault. Guarded by the Pack also presents educational programs to increase awareness of personal safety and ways of reducing incidences of sexual assault. Contact: Cindy Marczynski, (775) 784-4648

Adjustment to College and Life Grant

In addition, Counseling Services' faculty were awarded a large National Institute of Health Grant on Adjustment to College and Life. Classes were offered to entering freshmen from 2008-2010 on how to adjust to college and life and are geared toward helping students learn how to deal more effectively with college and to prevent emotional and relationship problems down the road. Classes and textbooks were provided to students at no cost. Both freshman male and female students were welcome. Recruitment is closed at this time. The project continues in terms of assessing the impact of these classes on students' psychological, emotional, and educational functioning 2-3 years down the road. Contact: Jacqueline Pistorello, (775) 846-5540

Student Health Center

The Student Health Center provides the following services for women:

  • Breast exams
  • Pap smears and routine pelvic exams
  • Pregnancy testing and referrals
  • Abnormal pap treatment and referrals
  • Colonoscopy exams
  • Evaluation and treatment of women's health concerns
  • Contraceptive counseling, prescription and management
  • Emergency contraception (Plan B) available at pharmacy
  • Diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections

Special presentations are made to female athletes, sororities, residence hall women's groups and others on various women health issues by request. More women's health programming will be available in the fall. Contact: Julee DeMello, (775) 784-6598

Community Health Fair

The Center for Student Cultural Diversity holds a Community Health Fair which provides information and healthcare access on women's health issues. It is a one-day event held during the spring semester. In collaboration with 23 state, county, and national health agencies and non-profit organizations who are invited to table and exchange information regarding all aspects of prevention, health and wellness. Contact: Dorothy Barry, (775) 784-4936

Living/Learning Communities


The WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) living learning community was created specifically for first-year women majoring in science, mathematics, or engineering. Programs created specifically for WISE members include a forum for members to explore educational, professional and leadership opportunities. It is housed in Argenta Hall and shares a floor and resources with the Honors Residential Scholars Program. WISE members have enhanced access to associated faculty, academic advising, and study groups.

In addition, Manzanita is a women-only residence hall. Family Student Housing at University Village is available to married students with one child or a single parent with two children. Contact: Teri Galvin, (775) 784-1113

University Committees

Committee on the Status of Women

The mission of the Committee on the Status of Women is to identify and communicate the issues and concerns of women faculty, staff, and students regarding their experiences in, and expectations of, the university.

Their goals are:

  • Ensure that the issues and concerns of women are communicated appropriately.
  • Provide opportunities for networking and the development of support systems for women.
  • Ensure that gender is not a barrier to full participation by women in the academic, professional, social and cultural life of the university.

Contact: Robbyn Tolles, (775) 682-7733 or Betty Glass, (775) 682-5660

Work and Family Taskforce

This committee reports to the President and assists university faculty, staff, and students in balancing their work/school and family lives. It improves the family-friendliness of the campus in terms of policies, resources, and services and informs the campus community of available resources. Contact: Patti Walsh, (775) 682-5070

Women's Athletics

The University of Nevada sponsors 11 women's varsity sports featuring more than 270 female student-athletes and competes in the Western Athletic Conference. The Wolf Pack women's sports have won 10 WAC championships in the last 10 years, while Nevada has ranked in the top 10 in the nation in the Gender Equity Scorecard in each of the last five years. In 2006 and 2007, Nevada was listed as the best in the country for its commitment to gender equity. The University has also been recognized as a Diversity in Athletics award winner by the Laboratory for Diversity in Sport at Texas A&M University. The Wolf Pack has added three women's sports recently, participating in successful legislative lobbying for gender equity funding and private fundraising to accomplish those goals. Nevada added women's golf in 1998 and women's soccer in 2000, while the University also brought back its women's softball program in 2003 after a 14 year hiatus. Contact: Rhonda Lundin, (775) 682-6981

Student Groups

The following clubs and organizations are just a sampling of many available. For additional information please visit Nevada ASUN or contact the Director of Clubs and Organizations at

A.B.L.E. Women (ABLE Women)

We are a multi-cultural group that focuses on education, service, and of course building friendships. We do many events on campus and other volunteer activities.

If you are looking for an organization that makes a difference in the community and wants to have fun then join A.B.L.E Women.

Delta Gamma

Delta Gamma is one of the oldest and largest women's fraternities which was founded in 1873 in Oxford, Mississippi. This chapter, the Eta Iota chapter was founded at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2002.

Kappa Alpha Theta (KAT)

Kappa Alpha Theta exists to nurture each member throughout her college and alumnae experience and to offer a lifelong opportunity for social, intellectual, and moral growth as she meets the higher and broader demands of mature life.

Kappa Delta Chi (KDC)

Community Service and Academics-based sorority who pride themselves on the values of honesty, integrity, leadership, and unity. They are a very close group of girls from different backgrounds who are here to make a difference.

Lambda Phi Xi (ΛΦΞ)

A sorority where women can come together, regardless of race, religion, disability or sexual orientation to pursue education, sisterhood and personal growth.

NOW Campus Action Network (NOW)

NOW seeks to encourage students to become actively involved in educating, organizing and mobilizing to promote diversity, end racism, prevent violence against women, preserve reproductive rights, fight discrimination based on sexual orientation, and lobby for constitutional equality and economic justice for women. The purpose of NOW is to empower and bring together a diverse group of students at UNR to work toward feminist change on their campus and in their community. They seek to take the initiative to raise awareness about the persisting need for women's rights activism, to encourage fair and equitable workplaces, safety from violence, access to reproductive healthcare and comprehensive sex education, and promote and support the culturally varied experiences of campus women.

Sigma Kappa (ΣΚ)

The purpose of Sigma Kappa is to provide women lifelong opportunities and support for social, intellectual, and spiritual development by bringing women together to positively impact our communities.

Sigma Omega Nu, Iota Chapter (SON)

Sigma Omega Nu is a Latina Interest Sorority. Even though it is a Latina interest group, they greatly encourage young women from different backgrounds to join them. Diversity and cultural awareness are some of the largest priorities and goals they hold as a sorority. They were officially established as the "Invincible Iotas" (Iota Chapter) on May 30, 2010.

Sisters On A Move (SOAM)

SOAM is an organization created to uplift, unite, and motivate students on campus as well as in the community. They aim to provide an environment where women from various backgrounds can come together in mind, body, and soul. They encourage all women regardless of race, religion, or creed to join in their effort to spread sisterhood.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

SWE is a non-profit educational service organization whose goal is to encourage women to achieve their full potential in careers as engineers and leaders.

UNR Women's Lacrosse

The Nevada Women's Lacrosse Club Team consists of a group of women interested in learning and playing women's lacrosse at the intercollegiate level.

UNR Women's Rugby

This club invites every girl interested in playing rugby to join practices held every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 6:00-7:30 pm. No experience is necessary.

UNR Women's Ultimate Frisbee

A club sport for women who wish to play ultimate frisbee on a competitive level.

Voices for Planned Parenthood (VOX)

VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood exists to educate the university community about reproductive health and rights; to translate increased awareness into pro-choice activism on campus; and to serve as a coalition partner to state, national, and international reproductive rights efforts.

Women's Club Volleyball

An organization which helps bring competitive Volleyball to women.

Women's Federation for World Peace, Reno (WFWP-Reno)

WFWP is an inspiring and nurturing environment for women to work towards inner peace, family cohesion, community investment, and ultimately world peace through discovering their passions. WFWP is a safe place for women to discuss their views about faith, society, and politics. The members regularly volunteer and get involved in the campus community.

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