The mission of the Fort Valley State University Women’s Center (FVSUWC) is to offer service programs and education designed to provide and to enhance the knowledge, skills and values needed by women to complete secondary and post-secondary educational programs, maintain and promote a healthy lifestyle, secure employment or start a business.
Throughout the academic year, the Women’s Center will offer continuous support by providing programs, workshops and services to foster personal development and growth, skills training, and social responsibility seminars concentrating in four categories as follows:
- Health and Wellness Program
- Career and Professional Development
- Violence Prevention Program
The goal of the Women’s Center Violence Prevention Program is to promote high quality, coordinated prevention and response services designed specifically for women. Professional services, training and education will be made accessible to decrease the number of incidents of violence and to increase the availability of services for victims of dating and domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Workshops will be presented to incoming freshmen, student athletes, staff members, Greek groups, community faith-based organizations, and local businesses. The FVSUWC will also plan and organize activities for Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Research suggests that when women have the help of a mentor, they tend to adjust and perform better. In addition to the institution’s distinct informal and formal structural academic and social patterns, the community has a array of social and economic services and programs to offer that may be of interest to women new to the FVSU environment. The goal of the Women Mentoring Women Program is to familiarize new faculty, staff and women to the Fort Valley State University academic and social patterns as well as making them aware of local programs organizations, business and faith-based organizations via the Women Mentoring Women mentoring program.
The desired location for the Women’s Center is a visible, comfortable environment in which women may obtain information about programs and services, meet to plan events, and conduct small group discussions to articulate and solve problems.