History

  • Fall 1972 - Notre Dame becomes co-educational, admitting the first class of women.
  • Spring 2002 - Brooke Norton, the first female student body president, calls for the creation of a University-sponsored Center for Women and Men.
  • Fall 2003 - Student Senate Gender Issues Committee, chaired by Kaitlyn Redfield, produces a detailed report proposing a University Gender Center.
  • Spring 2004 - Gender Center proposal passes in the Student Senate and Campus Life Council and is accepted by Father Mark Poorman, CSC, Vice-President of Student Affairs.
  • Spring 2004 - Father Poorman announces the creation of the Gender Relations Center and names Heather Rakoczy, Rector of Pangborn Hall, the founding director.
  • Fall 2004 - Gender Relations Center opens on a half-time basis.
  • July 2005 - Gender Relations Center becomes the newest department in Student Affairs, supervised by Ann Firth, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs.
  • Fall 2010 - Gender Relations Center began its seventh year, having more than quadrupled its initial office space, budget and programming.
  • Fall 2012 - The Center starts the year with a full professional and student staff team: Director, 2 Assistant Directors, a Graduate Assistant, and Administrative Assistant, 6 student employees and 24 volunteer FIRE Starter Peer educators.