Women and Gender Resources Center
The WGRC is designed to be a nexus of information and support services, providing safe and private support for victims of harassment and violence; information relevant to gender-specific needs, such as local medical service providers, community and campus support groups, and international gender-based groups; information on gender-specific opportunities, such as scholarships, loans, and internships; and a safe study space for women, gender-nonconforming, and other minorities on campus, as well as for any person seeking to study and explore issues of gender and identity.
The WGRC will also enhance students’ opportunities to direct their studies and experiences toward the exploration of gender issues by maintaining a Gender Resource Library of academic titles, promoting gender awareness events on campus, and sponsoring an on-campus film series. The WGRC also houses a Reading/Meditation Room for community use.
One of the primary functions of the WGRC is providing support for victims of harassment and violence.
There has been a growing realization that sexual assault and rape, as well as partner violence, are endemic to college and university communities both across the United States and around the world. It is the responsibility of individual university communities and of the government that supports those communities to respond to such violence by creating a support structure in which victims can feel safe in reporting incidents of violence and harassment and in which all such reports are treated with dignity and respect.
The WGRC is one of the many ways that AUBG seeks to provide such support to its community members—students, faculty, and staff. The WGRC is a designated Safe Space, and we are here to support and assist anyone who comes in a state of distress, for any reason.
Our primary goal is to provide a confidential, judgment-free space for victims of harassment and violence to find support and safety. We will also provide information about the various support services that AUBG provides to its community members, such as Counseling Services and Health Services, and can help connect victims with these service providers. We can also inform victims of their right to file official complaints and assist them in discreetly contacting the appropriate people to begin that process, should the victim choose to do so. All such decisions will be made by the victim, in her or his own time; her/his situation will not be communicated to other offices without consent.
Gender-Specific Resource Lists
The WGRC is in the process of collecting information on a variety of resources applicable to members of the AUBG community. This information will include, but not be limited to:
1. Scholarship and financial aid information (programs directed towards a specific gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, or other minority position)
2. Medical resources
o specialists in gender-specific medical issues, both local and in Sofia
o female physicians, both local and in Sofia
3. Gender-based groups and organizations (local, national, and international)
4. Organizations centered on other groups that regularly experience discrimination.
For more information, please visit the WGRC during opening hours.
Safe Study Space
Any student who feels uncomfortable or unsafe in other AUBG study spaces due to her or his sex, gender identification, orientation, race, ethnicity, nationality, disability, or other minority position will be welcome to come to the WGRC in order to have a safe, quiet, supportive study environment.
Also, any person who is working on projects relating to gender, diversity, equity, sustainability, or similar topics are welcome to come and use the study space. The WGRC has very good wifi reception!
The study space also houses the Gender Resource Library, and visitors are welcome to use those resources as well.
Reading & Meditation Room
This inner room of the WGRC is designed for quiet and peacefulness with comfortable chairs and ambient lighting. There are also six wicker floor cushions designed for seating yoga and meditation. The Reading & Meditation Room is also equipped with a new sound system that plays CDs and mp3 files, and users are welcome to bring their own music.
Gender Resource Library, Film Series, Campaigns
Monday: 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Tuesday 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Wednesday 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Thursday 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Friday 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Professor of Arts, Languages, and Literature
Main Building room 255
Tel: (+359 73) 888 406
The WGRC is the creation of Dr. Dannie
Leigh Chalk, Assistant Professor of Writing and Literature, who serves as the Center’s Faculty Advisor. Along with her Literature degrees, Dr. Chalk holds a Graduate Certificate in Women Studies from the University of Colorado and has research and teaching specializations in women’s literary history and feminist theory. Dr. Chalk has personally provided the WGRC with its initial Gender Resource Library holding of 290 titles.
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Arts, Languages, and Literatue
Main Building room 208
tel: (+359 73) 888 445
Hours:Tuesday 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
The start-up costs for the WGRC have been generous provided by a private donation from Mr. Dan E. Chalk and Mrs. Donna T. Chalk of Cleveland, Georgia (US). Mr. Chalk is a retired high school teacher of English, French, and Japanese, while Mrs. Chalk is a retired primary school teacher. Between them, Mr. and Mrs. Chalk spent 62 years teaching in the US public school system, and their support of the WGRC is an expression of their lifelong commitment to the safety, support, and happiness of all students.