Updated Nov. 28 at 4:44 p.m.:
In a campus-wide email statement sent on Monday, University Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz announced alongside Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer Leah Cox that the Carolina Women's Center would be moving to 215 West Cameron Ave and welcoming new leadership.
"For more than 25 years, the center has served as a supportive hub to address gender-related issues for students, faculty and staff, and we are delighted to bring fresh energy to this space," they said in the statement.
The center, according to the email, aims to "empower individuals, raise awareness about gender-related issues and contribute to the creation of an equitable campus culture." Among other services, it offers lactation spaces, parental leave information, caregiver support and support to those facing domestic or sexual violence crisis.
Shauna Harris will become the center's new director on Jan. 2, taking over for Gloria Thomas who has headed the center since 2016. Harris is currently assistant dean for student affairs in the School of Education and has worked with housing and residence life, women’s leadership initiatives, advising, student leadership and engagement, as well as graduate student recruitment and retention
Harris studies identity development in biracial women, mid-management supervision and student engagement on campus, the email said. According to the School of Education's website, Harries values the "holistic development of students and cultivating meaningful experiences that will support their academic, personal and professional goals."
Shelley Kennedy, a violence prevention coordinator in Student Affairs and adjunct faculty member in the women’s and gender studies department in the College of Arts and Sciences, will be the center’s assistant director.
"I am excited to return to the Carolina Women's Center as it enters this new phase of growth under Dr. Harris' leadership," Kennedy said in a statement. "I look forward to strengthening the Center's programming and partnerships; bringing a spotlight to gender-related issues on campus; and developing new opportunities for students, staff, and faculty to engage in gender equity work."
According to the Women's and Gender Studies website, Kennedy's work has centered around gender equity and violence prevention in higher education and nonprofits, including previous work at the center and Orange County Rape Crisis Center.