Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women

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ECW Institute for Gender equity Initiatives

Our vision is for all women to learn, live, and work in communities where they have access to a range of opportunities and resources, where they feel safe and secure, and where they have a seat at decision-making tables.

We created the ECW Institute for Gender Equity Initiatives (IGEI) to galvanize women's leadership on campus and in the community through programs that bring changemakers together for advocacy, development, and research.

Annual Gender Equity summit

The Eberly Center hosted it's inaugural Gender Equity Summit on March 1, 2021. More than 100 students, faculty, staff and community members gathered to examine the state of women in Toledo. For more information, email Dr. Angie Fitzpatrick.

Watch the recorded video sessions here

Council on the status of women

The Council on the Status of Women advances women and promotes gender equity at The University of Toledo through evidence-based advocacy. Faculty, staff and students are invited to apply for open seats. Council members meet once a quarter as a full council to exchange information and provide updates, and as needed in task forces throughout the year to advance the annual council project.

Members selected through the open application process are required to serve the council for 2-year terms with the possibility of renewal for one term and opportunity to reapply after taking a break for one term. Student members will serve a 1-year term with possibility of renewal for two terms. Student members may reapply after taking a break for one term. Members recruited in 2021 will serve for 1-3 years to allow for staggered terms.

Applications are due March 26.

Learn more about the Council on the Sate of Women

Intersectional feminist research collaborative

We are looking for individuals interested in using intersectional feminist theories and participatory methodologies to help us establish this research collaborative. New and established researchers from campus and community are welcome.

Submit Interest Form

Eberly Center Mentor Circles

Eberly Center Mentor Circles provide UToledo women an opportunity to build that support system with peers who are on a similar journey. The circles meet monthly to explore professional and personal development topics such as work-life harmony, career advancement, and goal setting through readings, guest lectures, reflection exercises, and small group dialogue facilitated by Eberly Center staff and campus partners. Circles run from September through April. Applications will be open again in August 2021.

Gender Equity Workshops

Want to learn more about gender equity or how to practice it in your life and leadership? We’ll come to you! Our gender equity workshops are available by request for classrooms, student org meetings, department or staff meetings, and community organizations.

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Individual Coaching

Institute program participants can meet with our coaches for individual support with career challenges, developing a career vision, growing as inclusive leaders, or other issues that impact academic and professional success. Request an appointment.

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Student Leadership Development 


CALL - Changemakers in Action, Leadership, and Learning

Based in Feminist Theory and the Social Change Model of Leadership, CALL prepares students for their future careers. Students apply their academic coursework to life outside the classroom through internships, leadership development and activism opportunities. CALL runs on a cohort model for students to build community while actively working to create a more equitable world.

Kate's Cause

Kate's Cause

Kate’s Cause is a feminist fellowship program for UToledo undergraduate students of all gender identities and gender expressions. Kate's Cause integrates intersectional feminist theories and student affairs best practices to further develop students’ leadership and deepen their connection to the University of Toledo and the Greater Toledo community.


Women in Science, technology, engineering, math & medicine

Women in Science, technology, engineering, math & medicine is a co-curricular program to retain undergraduate and graduate women students in STEMM fields. The program promotes academic and professional development through leadership trainings, peer and mentor support, and networking.

Last Updated: 3/25/21