Women's Leadership on Campus

Below are additional resources and programs on campus that advance women and gender equity.

Gender and Women's Studies

The field of Gender and Women’s Studies encourages critical thinking about gender difference and sexuality at local, national, and global levels. The GWS program challenges students to engage with the discipline through courses and programming that challenge sex-biased generalizations and stereotypes. GWS provides alternatives for thinking about the problems of the world and the contributions of its people. We also foster student-centered learning and provide resources to students, faculty, and staff at Villanova University.

Villanova Women's Professional Network

The Villanova Women’s Professional Network (VWPN) connects Villanova women, encourages their professional and personal development, and inspires them to succeed. Our programming enlightens all of our community about the issues and challenges facing women today. Led by a steering committee of faculty, staff, students, and alumnae from across campus, the VWPN wants Villanova to be known as an institution where women thrive, on our campus and beyond.

The Villanova Law Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation

The CSE Institute partners and engages with numerous organizations united against sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. The Institute educates and provides technical assistance to legislators, policy decision makers, and other stakeholders in order to improve legal responses to CSE.

VU Women in Tech

VU Women in Tech seeks to bring together students, faculty, staff, and alumnae. It gives women the opportunity to: imagine a technology-based career, increase participation in technology, share success and failures, network across schools, disciplines and generations.

The Sexual Assault Resource Coordinator (SARC) Team

A group of Villanova staff and faculty members, who care deeply about the issue of sexual violence and who have completed extensive training on how to support survivors of sexual violence at Villanova. A member of the SARC team is on call 24/7, 365 days a year for Villanova students who need support following an incident of sexual violence. Whether the incident occurred recently or days, weeks, months, even years ago, Villanova students can always seek the support of a SARC. 

It’s on us Villanova

As a bystander, you have a choice. You have the opportunity to provide assistance, to do nothing at all, or to contribute to a negative behavior. We all have a responsibility to look out for one another, especially in the moments that matter. There are many ways to get involved in the conversation about sexual violence at Villanova. Most important, however, is that every member of the Villanova community feels empowered to step up and in step in to prevent sexual violence from happening. In addition to a variety of activities and events planned throughout the year, click here to learn more about how you can keep our campus safe.

Villanova Initiative for Engaging Women (VIEW)

VIEW's mission is to prepare Philadelphia public high school girls for admission into college and to provide the skills needed to succeed in their upper level education. VIEW students participate in a 4 year program of intense academic achievement. The program is enhanced with advanced computer and informational skills along with a continuing exposure of cultural enrichment. Click here to learn more about VIEW.

50th Anniversary of Women's Sports

During 2018, Villanova Athletics celebrated 50 years of Women's Sports at Villanova. Read more about the 50 years of women's sports here.

College of Nursing: History and Tradition

The M. Louise College of Nursing has grown and developed in many ways since its founding. It holds the distinction of being the first collegiate nursing program under Catholic auspices in Pennsylvania, the largest nursing program in the Commonwealth within a private institution, and the only Catholic  nursing school in a university under the auspices of the Order of St. Augustine.

Villanova's Commitment to Women in Engineering

Villanova University is recognized for its commitment to women in engineering. Since 2009, the College has appeared at the top of many national engineering school rankings for percentage of undergraduate female enrollment and female tenure-track/tenured faculty. In the past decade, we have consistently exceeded the national average in both categories, and our graduate female enrollment has as well.

Student Initiatives