What was known as the Kansas State University Women’s Center is now the Center for Advocacy, Response and Education.
“We got some feedback that the title of the women’s center was sort of limiting us to who we serve,” office coordinator Jessica Haymaker said.
Haymaker said that staff wanted to let men and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community know that the center serves them, too.
Haymaker’s position and coordinator Jenna Tripodi’s position are both new. They are two full-time hires for CARE and are confidential advocates for the center, giving information and referrals to students, faculty and staff dealing with sexual assault, violence, hateful, biased or criminal acts against them or discrimination.
The CARE office changes were influenced by added requirements for schools in the federal government’s Title IX provisions, said Scott Jones, the associate dean of students in the Office of Student Life.
Those changes include requirements for some institutions to have more educational opportunities and resources for preventing or reporting sexual assault.
Created in 1972, for gender equity in athletics, Title IX has expanded since then, requiring equity for every educational program that is federally funded.
The original K-State Women’s Center was founded in 1973. As part of that, Tripodi said “We’re also tasked with making sure we’re doing education work and prevention work across campus.”
She said she and Haymaker are currently planning programs to include education about bystander intervention, consent and the spectrum of sexual violence
The CARE office is in 206 Holton Hall at K-State, 785-532-6444.