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) advances community and wellbeing through gender equity, diversity, and inclusion by providing resources, education, and co-curricular programming at Haverford College. We provide resources, education, outreach, and programming to the Haverford community through an intersectional framework.