Margaret Sloss Women’s Center
For many, the Margaret Sloss Women’s Center (MSWC) is a place. The Sloss House, a historic building on central campus, is quiet and welcoming—perfect for people who want to study, reflect and connect. But the work of the MSWC goes far beyond the doors of the Sloss House. The center is a friend, an advocate, a network and a support system for women at Iowa State. MSWC enhances the Iowa State University experience for everyone through programs and services that contribute to a safe, supportive learning and living environment on campus and in the community.
Sloss House under renovation, with more than $32,000 in support from the Government of Student Body and Graduate and Professional Student Senate for computers and furnishings
Sponsored presentation of Vagina Monologues, which raised a record $5,202.95 for Assault Care Center Extending Shelter and Support (ACCESS)
Variety of staff and volunteer achievements, including:
Supported the Heart Campaign to raise awareness of the sexual misconduct policy through campus flyers, magnets and CyRide bus signs
University Studies 160, Gender Studies, a high-demand course created by the MSWC, was moved into Women’s Studies 160
Expanded use of social media to network with university community, promote MSWC events, programs and services
Amy transferred to Iowa State from a community college. She met with the MSWC director and her advisor prior to arriving on campus to discuss a plan for academic success. Why meet with the MSWC director? Amy lives with Asperger’s syndrome and needed to find a place on campus that would provide support, quiet time and an opportunity to re-energize. The Sloss House and MSWC staff has provided all that for Amy.
–“Amy,” Environmental Science
Chris needed a quiet, comfortable place to interview students for a research project. His advisor suggested he try Sloss House. It turned out not only to be a great place for his research project, but also for Chris himself. After seeing the Sloss House and meeting the staff, Chris made regular visits to use the resources of the Sloss House, and to discuss relationships, graduate school and other topics related to life, college and his future.
–Chris Miller, Dietetics