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Women's Center

Mission Statement

The Women's Center offers programs and services designed to promote gender equity and address the unique challenges and opportunities female students encounter in the pursuit of higher education. Recognizing the critical role that both women and men play in promoting a safe environment free of gender bias, Center programs are designed to educate and inspire all students to achieve their personal, academic and professional potential.

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Lett-Brewington (from left) at the ACHI Gala with Alicia Phillips, ODU associate director for Intercultural Initiatives, and her daughter, Aaliyah Phillips; Cecelia Tucker, ODU director of community relations; and ODU students LaShon McKay and Shaina Wesley.

La Wanza Lett-Brewington, who is the director of the Old Dominion University Women's Center, was a performing arts category winner at the first annual ACHI Magazine Awards Gala Sunday, July 27, at the Westin Hotel Town Center in Virginia Beach.

Lett-Brewington, who joined ODU last year, is a playwright and stage performer in addition to being an expert in fields that more typically support her work a the Women's Center. These fields include equal opportunity and affirmative action compliance, cultural competency, diversity awareness and social justice.

She was named the winner from among six nominees for the 2014 ACHI Playwright Award. ACHI is a Hampton Roads-based quarterly women's magazine that was launched less than a year ago. It is published in online as well as print versions.

In 2010, Lett-Brewington wrote and performed a one-woman play portraying Lucy Terry Prince, who has been called the first African-American poet. Prince lived in Massachusetts in the mid 1700s, and the first performance of the play was in Greenfield, Mass. Since the debut, the playwright/actress has performed the play at public schools and colleges throughout New England. Lett-Brewington plans to perform the play at ODU in February 2015.

Additionally, Lett-Brewington has written and performed plays about equal rights pioneers Sojourner Truth and Rosa Parks.

About 150 women were nominated in 29 ACHI Awards categories this year. The categories reflect the magazine's focuses on person growth and empowerment of women, specifically through informative and inspirational articles about careers, culture, health, beauty and fashion.

For the past quarter-century, Lett-Brewington has been president, CEO and executive consultant for Plain Talk Consultants, specializing in leadership, diversity awareness, multicultural organizational development, conflict resolution, mediation and equal opportunity and affirmative action compliance.

During her career, she has also served as executive director of Safe Passage, the primary violence prevention and intervention agency for Hampshire County, Mass. (2007-11); director of the Five College Consortium Violence Prevention Project at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (2005-07); director of community education at the Everywoman's Center at UMass Amherst (2002-05); shelter director at the New England Learning Center for Women in Transition (2000-02).

Lett-Brewington holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the UMass Amherst in diversity education in organizations and social justice education, respectively.

Faculty & Staff: Interpersonal Violence Incident Report (IPVIR) Form

Students: Contact the Assistant Director, Joann Bautti at 757-683-4109 or visit The Women's Center, 1000 Webb Center, 8am-5pm M-F. For 24-hour assistance call ODU Police Department at 757-683-4000 or 911.

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Application Deadline: CLOSED!! Check back in the Fall.

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A Man of Quality...

Is a positive role model for others
Is not afraid to express emotions
Challenges himself and others to be greater men of quality
Is kind and shows empathy to others
Values assertiveness over aggression
Respects women's equality

What do you think makes a Man of Quality?

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Volunteers assist with staffing information tables, program setup and development as well as social norms campaigns and marketing. If you're interested, fill out the application below and submit it to Gretchen Edwards-Bodmer (gedwards@odu.edu) our Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator.

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History of the Center

The ODU Women's Center was founded in October 1976 and is the oldest center on a Virginia college campus that has served students for over 30 years.

According to Pat Hyer, a founding mother, two grandmother centers were at the University of Michigan and the University of Minnesota (40th Annuall 2000). Founded as part of a movement of new centers designed for adult women considering entry or reentry into education or the workforce, often after children were grown or after a divorce. Over the years, we have continued assisting women with personal and professional development and specifically with transition issues to enter or return to college/workforce.

  • Offered Continuing Education Courses, 1978-1996
  • Four Take Back the Night Marches prior to and including 1983 (which included nationally recognized speakers Andrea Dworkin and Sonia Johnson).
  • A Take Back the Night Rally in the Spring of 2005.
  • Annual Every Woman's Festival, 1983-1991.
  • Returning Women's Services significantly enhanced, 1986-Present.
  • Sexual Assault Free Environment (S.A.F.E.) Program, 1990-Present.
  • Moved from the little house on "token row" to Webb University Center, November 1993.
  • Women's Institute for Leadership Development (W.I.L.D.), 1996-Present.
  • Involved in First Annual Womengineers Day in April 2001.

Awarness Themes

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We offer various programs & events addressing women's and gender issues.




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S.A.F.E. Crisis Services

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Online Resources

Young Female Explains

Find more information about various women's topics from a variety of external sources.

Returning Women

Student Move-In

Returning back to school can be a big decision for any type of family. Learn ways to adjust to all the changes.