The Center for Women's Development

Founded in 1982 by a coalition of students, faculty, staff and community members, the Center for Women’s Development (CWD) supports the self-actualization of students by providing specialized resources needed to assist Medgar Evers College women students in their pursuit of higher education. The Center’s services and programs promote self-empowerment, self-awareness, and respect of women while encouraging them to achieve academic excellence and hone their leadership skills within a collegial environment conducive to teaching and learning.


Medgar Evers College (MEC) offers numerous services intended to support you in your educational journey. MEC’s Center for Women's Development seeks to assist students through counseling and programming to help them cope with many life issues that would otherwise derail them from the successful pursuit of their degree.

We invite you to call or visit the Center whenever you are feeling stressed about school, family, or life in general. Our services are confidential and available to ALL students. We look forward to serving you.


The mission of the Center for Women’s Development (CWD) is to promote the self-actualization of women in pursuit of higher education by providing the direct services and programs of specialized support they need.

Our goals are to:

  • Offer specialized services that support personal development.
  • Assist students in addressing issues affecting self-actualization and quality of life.
  • Actively engage the College, university and community in proactively addressing issues faced by women students.
  • Promote equal access to higher education through institutionalized support including: counseling, advocacy, referrals, and development and implementation of education forums and events.

All are Welcome!

Although its focus is women, the Center is open to ALL with regard to gender, race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation.

For information and resource assistance contact the Women's Center Staff at (718) 270-5155.


Counseling Advocacy

The Center provides personal (confidential) counseling on quality of life issues and referrals for the following:

  • Parenting
  • Health
  • Housing
  • Stress
  • Self-Esteem
  • Family Dynamics
  • Conflict Mediation & Resolution
  • Violence
  • Bereavement

Programming & Workshops:

  • Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention
  • Women’s Health and Wellness
  • Sexual Assault
  • Women’s Leadership
  • Personal Development 


  • Role Model Program– co-sponsored by the NY Coalition of One Hundred Black Women – offers scholarships and matches selected high-achieving students with professional women for an intensive mentoring experience
  • Gender-Specific/All Women’s Freshman Seminar Class
  • S.H.A.D.E.S. (Sisters Having a Definite Excellence Strategy) – student club devoted to women’s empowerment through service and leadership
  • Sista Salons – a literary salon that allows students to listen to literary work read by professional women writers; exchange ideas through an intimate, community conversation; and develop their own original writing during workshops facilitated by professional women writers
  • Upsilon Theta Pi Academic Honor Society - an all women’s society for students who have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.5, and have demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence and community service.

Consistent with the mission, goals, and objectives of Medgar Evers College of The City University of New York, the mission of Upsilon Theta Pi Honor Society is to bring together women who have demonstrated excellence in scholarship and who pledge to work, individually and collectively, to:

  • Foster and nurture ethical and socially responsible leadership,
  • Cultivate understanding and appreciation of their own cultures and respect for the cultures of others,
  • Transform their lives and the lives of others,
  • Enrich their communities through service.

Greek Symbols
Upsilon: Excellence through commitment
Theta:  Confidence through faith
Pi:  Success through perseverance

Scholarship, Leadership, Beneficence and Transformation
Non Nobis Solum (Not for Ourselves Alone)
Purple (regal, noble) and White (beneficence, knowledge)
Purple Iris

For additional information and to apply, click here 


S.H.A.D.E.S. is a student club for women who are smart, focused, and on the right path to success. Founded in 2006 by Professor Safiya Bandele and founding student members Phoenix L. Brooks, Marie Antoine-Pierre, GenIsis, and Shanti Vincent. S.H.A.D.E.S. was the first women’s organization at Medgar Evers College.

To prepare women for academic, personal and professional leadership. Along with Center for Women’s Development (CWD), be the driving force behind the CWD’s programming and the leading authority on the needs of the women at MEC and the community.

Our primary goals are:

1. Sisterhood
a. Coming together with women from diverse backgrounds to learn from and teach one another.
b. Learning the art of interpersonal relationships among women.
c. Having a shoulder to lean on and an ear to listen in difficult times.

2. Academia
a. Tutoring assistance.
b. Scholarship opportunities

3. Preparation for the Real World
a. Internship opportunities
b. Developing leadership skills
c. Career planning

4. Community Service
a. Volunteerism
b. Mentoring

5. Relationship Building
a. Academic
b. Personal/Family Professional



Raquel M. Bennett
Tel 718-270-4986
Fax 718-270-6960
Office:  Carroll Street Bldg. | M2
Lisa Evelyn

Tel 718-270-6940
Fax 718-270-6960
Office:  Carroll Street Bldg. | M2
Kellyn Cuthbert
womencenter@mec.cuny.eduOffice Assistant

Tel 718-270-5155
Fax 718-270-6960
Office:  Carroll Street Bldg. | M2


 Office Hours

Monday – Tuesday: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Wednesday – Thursday: 9:00am to 6:00pm
Friday:  9:00 am to 5:00pm

Contact Us

Main Office

Administrative Coordinator


CWD Newsletter

Check out what's going on in the Center for Women's Development in the Director's Newsletter.