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service to others unite

The Women's Resource Center's mission to deepen the conversation about gender and enable success for women.

Our mission involves three broad areas of activity:

  • Educating and promoting the formation of women leaders in all professions, with a particular focus on engaging young women
  • Advocating for gender inclusiveness and equality in the Adventist Church, with a more clear understanding of the Scriptures in relation to women.
  • Documenting and celebrating the important contributions women have and are continuing to make in their church, local community and world. 

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Women at La Sierra

Female math teachers' early influence pivotal, study says

July 17, 2014 | Darla Martin Tucker

Women comprise more than half of the population and account for almost half the workforce, yet they make up less than one-fourth of the science, mathematics and engineering labor pool. High school math teacher and La Sierra doctoral grad Sandra Stewart-Ximines’ research showed that teachers and mothers were among the most influential agents in determining the respondents’ early self-belief, or self-efficacy in their mathematics competency as well as their interest in attending college and teaching math. Read full story here.

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About us

The Women's Resource Center serves students and faculty, as well as the wider Riverside community and Seventh-day Adventist faith community, by deepening the conversation about gender and providing information, resources and support on issues related to gender.

The Center encourages and advocates for women and minorities in positions of leadership across all disciplines, including both students and those already in the workplace; collaborates with service providers and others to increase awareness about women's and minority rights, prevent sexual exploitation and abuse, and to provide resources for healing and support; and creates opportunities to celebrate the history, accomplishments and contributions of women and girls to their world and faith communities through sponsored lectures and special events, film screenings, art exhibits, research fellowships, newsletters, and archival collections related to women leaders and thinkers.

Responding to its unique role as the only center of its kind at an institution of higher education within the Seventh-day Adventist church, the Women’s Resource Center at La Sierra University aims in particular to serve and support women clergy and those in ministry within the Seventh-day Adventist denomination. The Center maintains a special library and archival collection of more than than 3,000 books, journals, pamphlets, posters audio recordings, and news files focused on gender. It is in the process of digitizing its holdings and developing new publications and resources related to women and religion. 

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Gender studies minor

The Women's Resource Center offers a gender studies minor through the department of History, Politics, & Sociology at La Sierra University.

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Be an Intern or Volunteer!

Assisting with the non-profit programs of the Women's Resource Center provides an opportunity for you to gain valuable work experience while also supporting women on our campus, in our church and throughout the community. Our interns and volunteers provide vital contributions to the work of the Center. Volunteering long-distance is also possible for those interested in speaking, conducting research, or supporting a specific program. Learn about different roles here.

If you are interested, please contact Sasha Ross, WRC Director, at (951) 785-2470 or by e-mail.