Sarah Doyle Women's Center

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The Sarah Doyle Women's Center (SDWC) is an organization at Brown University, founded in 1974, which "seeks to provide a comfortable, yet challenging place for students, faculty, and staff to examine the multitude of issues around gender".[1] It was named in honor of the prominent Rhode Island educator, Sarah Doyle. It is located at 26 Benevolent Street.

The SDWC offers services and programs, and meeting space for university and community groups. The SDWC houses an art gallery, a darkroom, an extensive library and resource center, and a student lounge. It is affiliated with the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women.[2]

The Sarah Doyle Gallery[edit]

The Sarah Doyle Gallery is a professional art gallery within the Women's Center. It exhibits six to seven juried shows a year, and an annual commencement show. The goal of the gallery is to expose Brown students to high quality professional artwork on campus. The gallery openings offer a chance to interact with the artists, ask them questions, and occasionally enjoy talk from the artists.

Library[edit]

The library has over 4,000 volumes and films available to students, staff, and faculty, and subscribes to a variety of scholarly journals, news journals, and magazines.

Photo Club[edit]

The Brown Photo Club uses some space in the same building. It has a darkroom and work room.

Emergency resources[edit]

SDWC provides confidential crisis support and information for any Brown student dealing with sexual assault. The on-call counselor is also available to accompany a victim to the hospital.

Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Program is the main resource for helping students affected by sexual violence. Confidential services include support for a survivor or the friends of a survivor, help filing a complaint (if that is the student's choice) and educational programs for the student community. As part of the Advocates Program, SDWC staff members are trained to help any Brown student explore his/her options to address an incident of sexual assault or sexual harassment. Talking with an Advocate does not require a student to file a disciplinary complaint or pursue any specific course of action.

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