Updates Regarding COVID-19

Thank you for connecting with the Women’s Center. We are wishing health, safety, and care for all members of our communities. 

Women's Center Staff Availability & Space Closures

To ensure the health and safety of our staff and larger campus community, all Women’s Center staff will be operating remotely until January 31, 2022. The Women’s Center Student Lounge in Appleby Hall will also remain closed until further notice.

Please continue to visit our website, social media channels (@mnwomenscenter on all platforms), and sign up for our email newsletter for further updates. You can also contact individual staff members with specific questions.

Opportunities to Engage with the Women’s Center

Our staff continues to, where possible, adapt existing programs and initiatives to a virtual/online format (please check our online calendar for upcoming events).

Please find resources and frequently requested information below.

Departmental/Group Workshops  

To request a workshop, training or consultation, please complete this form.

Co-Sponsorship Requests

Want to collaborate with the Women’s Center or request a co-sponsorship? Please complete this form

Media & Interview Requests

If you are a member of the media hoping to interview a Women’s Center staff member, please contact Women’s Center Director, Anitra Cottledge, at cottlead@umn.edu. If you are a student looking to interview a Women's Center staff member for a class project, please contact women@umn.edu at least 5-7 days ahead of your project deadline.


If you are looking for other Women’s Center resources and publications, please visit the Resources & Advocacy page on our website to access online modules on gender equity, salary negotiation, the confidence gap, as well as our Reimagining Feminist Futures 60th Anniversary Zine.  

University Resources

Visit Safe Campus for the best up-to-date U of M system-wide information on COVID-19 infections and action, including messages from U of M leadership and links to more information.

Access Office for Equity and Diversity-specific resources, i.e., ways in which OED units and initiatives continue to offer programming, consultation and support.

View the links in the sidebar to access additional resources for the University of Minnesota community.

Gender and COVID-19

Colleagues from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Women's Center have created an ever-evolving list of articles and resources regarding the connections between gender and COVID-19 that may be helpful in curriculum development as well as personal, interpersonal, and organizational education.

Balancing Caregiving Responsibilities and Work for Faculty, Staff and Students

The University is committed to supporting faculty and staff as they continue to advance the mission of the University while fulfilling their personal commitments. In addition to the information for working parents provided by the Office of Human Resources, the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost has gathered information relevant to faculty and instructors.

Undergraduate and graduate student parents are encouraged to connect with the Student Parent HELP Center for support and resources.

Caregiving Testimonials

How have your caregiving responsibilities shifted or changed during the time of COVID? The Women’s Faculty Cabinet invites members of the University community to share their experiences through this form, with the intention of hearing each other’s voices and finding solidarity, as well as possible solutions and ideas.