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History of the Murray State Women's Center

The Murray State Women’s Center was founded in 1992. During his first year at Murray State, Dr. Don Robertson, Vice President of Student Affairs, approached Kim Barrett who was a counselor in the Counseling and Testing Center with an idea. He had come from Marshal University that has a Women’s Center and he had been impressed with their work. He and Kim talked several times before he asked her to write a proposal for such a center at MSU. She agreed and then became the first part-time director of the Women’s Center.

When the center began, it was very small. The resources were limited (1 shelf of books and a few pamphlets), and besides Kim, there was one Graduate Assistant who worked in the Center. Programming was very limited and focused more on faculty than serving students. In 1996, Jane Etheridge became the new Women’s Center director. She worked tirelessly to bring programs such as Realities on Campus, Take Back the Night, Crazy in Love, and Room with a View to Murray State’s campus.  Jane retired after the Spring 2012 semester after serving the MSU community for 15 years.  Her contribution to the growth of the Women’s Center is immeasurable. 

This year marks the 21st Anniversary of the Women’s Center founding. Much has changed, but our mission has stayed the same:

“The Women’s Center of Murray State promotes gender equity and seeks to improve and enhance the living, learning and working environments of the University community.”

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