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,
  • 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,  
  • 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,  
  • 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: Veronica Zepeda, (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 Gehlert, (775) 784-4400 or

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 Long, (775) 682-7641 oe

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,

Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual Support

QSU: lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and intersex

The Center for Student Cultural Diversity works with the LGBTIQA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual) 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. The events listed are student led and all of the events are contingent on student leaderships of the event and interest.


  • Drag show
  • Gay Prom
  • LGBT Film Festival
  • GSA Summit
  • LGBT Community Mixers
  • LGBT Safe Zone Ally Workshops for the Campus Community
  • Community Health Fair

Contact: Zabett Nelson, (775) 784-4936,

Mental and Physical Health

Counseling Services

Counseling Services provides individual counseling, group therapy, consultations, workshops and mental health awareness prevention activities 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: Counseling Services, (775) 784-4648.

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,

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: Tara Radniecki, (775) 682-7374,

Work, Life and Family Council

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: Chris McClendon, (775) 784-1940 or

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 Bennett, (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 (DG)

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 (KAQ)

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.