Below you will find a list of various academic organizations and services offered at Cal and around the Berkeley Area. Although this list is updated frequently, it is not exhaustive.

Women's Courses and Departments | Academic On-Campus Organizations | Academic Off-Campus Organizations

Women's Courses and Departments

Department of Gender & Women's Studies (GWS)

The Department of Gender & Women’s Studies offers interdisciplinary perspectives on the formation of gender and its intersections with other relations of power, such as sexuality, race, class, nationality, religion, and age. Questions are addressed within the context of a transnational world and from perspectives as diverse as history, sociology, literary and cultural studies, postcolonial theory, science, new technology, and art.

Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, & Sexuality (DEWGS)

The Designated Emphasis program was developed to accommodate some of the many students who conduct graduate-level research in related topics across numerous fields. Administered by the Department of Gender & Women's Studies and the Graduate Group in Women, Gender, and Sexuality, the DEWGS provides its students with certification as well as with a context for the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and development of research.

FemSex DeCal Class

FemSex, formerly Female Sexuality is a De-Cal (a class taught by students for students) based out of the top rated public university in the nation, UC Berkeley. FemSex is a long running course whose roots reach all the way back to 1994. While the course is constantly changing to adapt to the current events constantly making their way to the fore, the original basis for the course -- Women's Empowerment -- is still the focus.

Gender Consortium

The Gender Consortium is intended to bring together several campus units dedicated to issues surrounding gender and sexuality. The goal of the Gender Consortium is to provide an infrastructure for coordinating public events, fundraising, applying for external grants, and enhancing undergraduate and graduate education.

LGBT Minor

LGBT Studies works to establish sexuality as a crucial category of analysis in the humanities and social sciences. It draws on disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, psychology, history, literature, and cultural studies, in order to document the extent to which sexuality itself is a complex cultural and historical phenomenon that bears careful examination. Just as Women's Studies, for instance, is not only by, about, and for women, LGBT Studies is not only by, about, or for lesbian, gay, bisexual, or trangendered people, but includes all humanity in its purview.

Academic On-Campus Organizations 

Boalt Hall Women's Association (BHWA)

Boalt Law School 292 Simon Hall Berkeley, CA 94720 --  (510) 642-8588 
BWHA is the Women's Association at UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, representing women students. BWHA is one of the largest student organizations at Boalt. The group seeks to provide a meeting place and support for law school women, as well as group addresses issues specific to women in law including discrimination, family, different practices. Activities include: faculty teas, community speakers, publications on women's issues, social events. Meetings are held every month. Please visit the website for more information.

Cal Students for Equal Rights & a Valid Education (CalSERVE)

CalSERVE was established in 1984 as part of the movement to divest university funds from apartheid South Africa. We continue today as a voice for positive change fighting for access, representation, and racial justice, both locally and globally. With nearly twenty years of ASUC experience, CalSERVE embraces a transcultural perspective on issues that collectively affect us. Our mission as a proactive student coalition is to address contemporary issues of the campus community through the ASUC. For more information please visit the website or email

Empowering Women of Color Committee

The group focuses on preparing the annual Empowering Women of Color Conference held at UC Berkeley. The Conference focuses on various topics each year and features various guest speakers from all over. Meetings are held on Mondays at 9am, as well as on Fridays at 1pm. For more information, please visit the website or email

Graduate Women of Engineering (GWE)

The Graduate Women of Engineering (GWE - formerly the Graduate Women of Etcheverry) is a group of graduate engineering students from all engineering disciplines at the University of California, Berkeley. Our primary purpose is to support women graduate students in all their engineering endeavors. Activities include coffee hours, sponsored talks, and Mentoring Programs. For more information, please visit the GWE website.

Integrative Biology Women in Science (IB WIS)

Women in Science is a UC Berkeley-based student-run group that brings together graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty members for monthly meetings. Through informal discussions, presentations, and workshops, we discuss topics relating to success both in graduate school and in future careers.  For more information, please visit

Prytanean Womens' Honor Society

The Prytanean Society is the oldest collegiate women's honorary society in the United States. Founded on the Berkeley campus of the University of California in 1900.The student founders, Adele Gerard Lewis and Agnes Frisius, had a keen interest in student healthcare and housing issues, and the organization's work concentrated on those areas for many years. While Benjamin Ide Wheeler was president of the University, there were just over 2,000 students. He introduced the concept of student government, and the founders were prescient enough to recognize that students could identify and address issues of concern. Imagine what pride the founding members would have in the legacy they left the University, were they to hear each new Prytanean pledge "faith, service and loyalty to the University of California!" For more information, please visit the website or email

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

131 Hesse Hall Berkeley, CA 94720 
Society of Women Engineers is a national non-for-profit organization. Its objective is to encourage and empower women to reach their full potential as engineers. SWE strives to highlight the achievements and contributions of women as leaders and engineers. Supporting both students and professionals, SWE consists of over 17,000 members in 90 sections and 300 student sections. The UC Berkeley student chapter has been established for approximately 30 years and supports students through professional development, social events and outreach to young women interested in engineering and science. For more information, please visit the website, or email

Interdisciplinary Family Studies Working Group

The IFSWG provides a place for graduate students interested family-related research to discuss their work and projects. In addition, we engage in outreach activities to serve local families.

Graduate Women of Engineering 

The Graduate Women of Engineering, or GWE (formerly known as the Graduate Women of Etcheverry) are a group of graduate engineering students from all engineering disciplines at the University of California, Berkeley. Our primary purpose is to support female graduate students in all their engineering endeavours.

Girls in Tech @ Berkeley

Girls In Tech @ Berkeley is an extension of the Girls In Tech professional enterprise. We're dedicated to empowering, educating and mentoring female college students interested in entering the technology field. The goal of the program is to create excitement about the industry and encourage those college and university students considering a career in technology to pursue their ambition. Girls in Tech @ Berkeley hopes to provide educational resources, academic curriculum, business oriented networking events and empowerment and leadership related seminars and workshops.

Academic Off-Campus Organizations

American Association of University Women

Since 1881 the American Association of University Women has been the nation's leading voice promoting education and equity for women and girls. AAUW is composed of three corporations: the Association and the AAUW Educational Foundation, and a supporting affiliate of the Association, the AAUW Leadership and Training Institute.