Women-Trans Spectrum Centre
The Women-Trans Spectrum Centre is an accessible and inclusive resource centre for women and trans students. The centre offers free resources, including free condoms (exterior and interior), lubricant, dental dams, as well as free pads, tampons, and pregnancy tests. The centre also has safer sex info, a telephone, computer, microwave, and an extensive lending library with material on sexuality, Indigenous issues, pornography, ecology, art, feminist theory, and more. The centre is a great space to hang out, study, and build community.
As a collective, we organize events that examine and challenge women and trans oppression. Our events include things from inclusive dance parties and DIY workshops to panel discussions and film screenings.
The Women-Trans Spectrum Centre is a women and trans only space as we believe it is important for women and trans folk to have a safe space on campus. Men are encouraged to get in touch if they are interested in acting as allies or if they would like to access any of the centre’s resources. The events hosted by the collective outside of the centre are open to all folks, unless otherwise indicated.
We are always looking for new ways for the centre and our events to be more accessible and inclusive, and we encourage folks to contact us if they have any recommendations.
Coordinator: Marieke Gruwel
Location: Bulman Student Centre, Concourse Level, Room 0R12
Monday: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday: 12:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
We try to keep the centre open as much as possible with help from our wonderful volunteers, however if the centre is closed, please feel free to ask someone at the UWSA to open it for.
The WTSC collective meets weekly during the Fall/Winter Term in the centre. Our meetings are often structured and an agenda is made available to folks via our Facebook group. During the meetings we often discuss relevant feminist news and organize centre events. All women and trans folk are welcome to attend the meetings and encouraged to participate in whatever capacity they feel comfortable.
Wednesdays: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
There are numerous opportunities to volunteer with the centre! You can volunteer at the centre by attending our weekly meetings, holding centre hours, or helping us organize events. There are also project based volunteer opportunities, for example, this year, we are hoping to re-organize and update our library system and we are looking for volunteers to help with this project. If none of these projects sound like your cup of tea, but you still want to get involved, let us know and we can figure something out!
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