The Center for Gender Resources and Sexual Education (GRASE) was founded as the Women's Center shortly after the admission of the first female students in the fall of 1980, when Haverford became a fully co-ed institution. The Women's Center initial purpose was to support female students in an environment that had been dominated by men for nearly 150 years prior to their admission. The transition to a coeducational environment was not (and still is not today) an entirely smooth one (as it is an ongoing process far from finished) so the College saw the need for a center to help ensure that all Haverford students could approach their experience at Haverford with dignity and confidence. Over the years the center has grown to not only help students adjust to campus life but to provide a steady and conscious voice at Haverford around issues of gender and sexuality, sexual health and rights, and women*s rights. The center was renamed to The Center for Gender Resources and Sexual Education (GRASE) in 2020.
The Center for Gender Resources and Sexual Education (GRASE) is a safe, inclusive, intersectional space open to folks to all genders. As a safe space, we believe in cultivating trust, accountability, transparency, support, empowerment, and a commitment to growth. We provide resources, education, outreach, and programming to the Haverford community. By modeling an accessible feminist collective, we seek to build solidarity among women, feminine-identified folks, and all marginalized communities.