COVID Re-Opening Plan

As we return to campus this Fall, the Women’s Center will continue to build a sense of inclusive community while promoting connectedness, self-care, and mutual aid.  More than ever, we are committed to increasing awareness and advocacy for women and gender equity initiatives at Wake Forest University.

The health and wellbeing of our students and colleagues, as well as our staff, families and the larger community, is of the utmost importance to the Women’s Center.  To that end, we will offer a robust slate of new and improved virtual programming this Fall while continuing to monitor the public health guidance to determine when we can safely offer in person programming.

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  1. Hours: The Women’s Center lounge will be open to guests M-F 9-5. However, in person staffing will be reduced to decrease the number of people in the space at any given time.  The Women’s Center director and assistant director will be available for virtual or in person meetings by appointment.  For more information or to schedule a meeting, e-mail womenscenter@nullwfu.edu 
  2. Lounge Space: Three guests are allowed in the lounge area.. All guests are required to wear masks and stay 6 feet apart from one another when in the lounge.  Guests who are experiencing symptoms (University policy) or who suspect they have been exposed to COVID-19 are asked  not to visit the space. Any guest not abiding by this policy will be asked to leave. Additional masks and hand sanitizer are available. Shared surfaces will be disinfected twice daily by WC staff. 
  3. Programming: The majority of the programming will be virtual for the fall semester. When relevant, in-person programming will be scheduled outdoors and social distancing measures will be in place. Fall 2020 Programming:
    1. Finding Your Way is a 3 part series in collaboration with the OPCD for students to reflect on  how to translate their values into a work environment. 
    2. G-Chat (link) is a regular student-led discussion space that…
    3. LEAVES is a group of students focused on educating other students about intersectional feminism.  LEAVES is part of the PEERS network and meets weekly with the Women’s Center.
    4. Parent and Caregivers Group is a regular space for parents and caregivers to come together and share resources and support for one another.
    5. Wake up with the Women’s Center is a series hosted by the Women’s Center with a focus on cultivating skills for self-care.  In order to care for others, we must care for ourselves.  
    6. Wake for Women  TBD
    7. Women of Color Dialogues is a regular student-led discussion space that holds space for students to discuss topics related to being a woman of color at Wake.
  4. Commitment to Students and Employees with Family Caregiving Responsibilities

The Women’s Center recognizes that a growing number of WFU students and employees have family caregiving responsibilities. We stand in support of students and employees who care for young children or ill and disabled family members. When students and employees are able to continue to meet their family obligations, they are able to reach their full potential.

The Women’s Center offers flexible work policies and advocates for flexibility across the University. Flexibility, however, is not enough. We must create an educational and work environment that is welcoming of students and employees with caregiving responsibilities. Accordingly, the Women’s Center prohibits discrimination against applicants and employees based on their caregiving responsibilities. This means that personnel decisions relating to hiring, terms and conditions of employment, promotion and termination will not be affected by an employee’s status as a parent or family caregiver. Additionally, the Women’s Center will not tolerate harassment of or retaliation against employees based on their family responsibilities. This policy applies to parents of all genders of young, ill or disabled children; pregnant people; and employees with aging, ill or disabled parents, spouses or partners.