The Women’s Center at Miami University is paying students to organize events that promote “social justice and radical feminism” on campus.
Launched in 2017, the Women’s Center Internship recruits up to seven interns per year to organize events for students, such as World Hijab Day and the Male Ally Awards, that align with the Center’s mission to promote “women’s empowerment.”
"In our student center, everything is glass. And it kind of felt like students are on display."
Although the Center will soon hire a new batch of interns for the upcoming school year, student Elisabeth Dodd is now in her second year of the internship program.
Dodd, a Social Justice major, told Campus Reform that her work with the Women’s Center is a crucial tool for fighting the “oppressive” environment at Miami University, which is consistently ranked among the top public universities in Ohio, according to U.S. News and World Report.
The school is “physically very heteronormative, white, sexist, and very problematic in general and exclusionary. Very hierarchical. Student workers aren't valued as much, and there's not a lot of visibility,” Dodd commented, labeling the architecture of the school’s student center one of the main social justice issues on campus, saying it creates a false perception of diversity.