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MPC Women's Programs
Address: 980 Fremont St.
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: (831)646-4276
Description: Women's Programs at Monterey Peninsula College serves women and men students and community members through the Re-Entry & Multicultural Resource Center in Social Sciences, Room 204. Women’s Programs administers the Women's Studies Department, The Re-entry Program, and the Single Parent / Displaced Homemaker and Gender Equity Programs for vocational students. Women's Programs' resources, and support services, are designed to provide for women and men an understanding of gender socialization and multicultural and multi-class perspectives on issues important to contemporary life. The goal is to encourage students to “see themselves” in the institution and in the curriculum to empower them to achieve their educational and career goals. The Women's Studies courses are all curriculum transformed to include issues of race, ethnicity, class and sexual preference as well as gender. They offer an interdisciplinary, multicultural approach - a prototype for the 21st century – to provide content about women and under-represented people. The Re-entry & Multicultural Resource Center offers walk-in advisement and counseling, workshops, orientation, networking, referrals to other campus departments and community organizations, the Re-entry Support Club, and Re-entry First Friday events for women and men. Women Supporting Women is a special emergency fund provided by community members that assists re-entry women who are at risk for dropping out due to a financial crisis. The Career Clothing Closet provides professional women's clothing for job interviews, scholarship interviews, and other occasions requiring appropriate attire. We fundraise from foundations, community agencies and business to provide the Low-income Student Textbook Loan Program that lends textbooks to women and men in any major. The Emergency Food Pantry and the Personal Necessities Cupboard provide bags of groceries and personal need items unavailable with food stamps for students in need. The Single Parent / Displaced Homemaker and Gender Equity programs work in conjunction with The Re-entry Program to support vocational-major single parents, displaced homemakers, and students studying in fields nontraditional for their sex. Our resources, workshops, and services have been designed to meet the needs of these "special populations."
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