Women's Center


The mission of the Women’s Center at Gateway Community College is to assist participants with their respective academic issues and to guide them through the program of their choice. The center also brings together groups of women so that they may better serve the community. The Women’s Forum, The Community Outreach Representatives, The Sages and the GCC Alumni Advisors all assist with coordinating the programs and events offered by the Women’s Center.

Special seminars are held each semester that focus not only on women’s issues but also on current topics as they affect Gateway and the Greater New Haven community. These  groups have initiated events and programs that have promoted Gateway’s positive image as a leadership institution in the State of  Connecticut.

All Gateway students are welcome at the Women’s Center. Programs are coordinated by women’s groups.

Courses and Activities

The Women’s Center sponsors a range of courses and activities for students and citizens. The center also organizes special seminars. Past topics have included:

  • Domestic violence
  • Women and travel
  • Single parenting
  • Self esteem
  • Time management
  • Women/men in the workforce
  • Men and women on probation or parole

Faculty and staff from Gateway serve as expert presenters on these topics, as do professionals from the community. 

Annually, the Women’s Center sponsors Senior Citizen’s Day. Performing groups throughout the Greater New Haven area entertain approximately 150 senior citizens. The keynote speaker typically is a dignitary who advocates for senior citizens.

An Example of the Women’s Center’s Work

The Women’s Center sponsored biography and oral history courses for senior citizens. The course was funded by the Shoreline Federal Credit Union, and senior citizens throughout the Greater New Haven area worked with students from the Co-Op high school in New Haven. The high school students were also involved in a course sponsored by the Women’s Center entitled Intergenerational Studies: An Analysis of Cultural Values. The high school students and senior citizens shared their views on many topics relating to intergenerational changes that have taken place over roughly 50 years. Both the seniors and the young adults enjoyed learning from one another.

Recognizing Supporters

The Women’s Center groups (namely the Sages, a senior citizen group, and the Women’s Forum, which is comprised of Gateway students) have honored several State Dignitaries for their women’s advocacy efforts. Such dignitaries have included:

  • Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz
  • State Senator Richard Blumenthal
  • Senator Toni Harp
  • Senator Martin Looney
  • State Representative Peter Villano
  • Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman
  • Senator Beth Bye
  • Lieutenant Governor Michael Fidelli
  • State Representative Robert Megna
  • Gubernatorial Candidate Tom Marsh
  • Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy

New-Start Fresh-Start

The New-Start Fresh-Start program, initiated at Gateway in 2010 by Dr. Kerin Lee, assists women on parole with job placement, childcare, housing and transportation, and academic counseling. Its mission is to assist participants with any academic problems and to guide them through the program of their choice. The program:

  1. Works in concert with Project M.O.R.E to recruit and advise candidates
  2. Assists students as they apply for Financial Aid at Gateway
  3. Advises students regarding which courses (programs) to select
  4. Contacts academic support services when necessary
  5. Communicates with participants’ instructors
  6. Offers counseling services through community volunteers
  7. Helps students to set and achieve long and short range goals.

Contact Us

Please call 203.285.2151 or email KLee-Kelsey@gatewayct.edu to make an appointment or stop in to Room N111 on the Gateway campus.

About Dr. Kerin Lee

Dr. Kerin Lee holds a Bachelor’s degree and two Master`s Degrees from Southern Connecticut State University. She completed a third Master`s Degree in 1996 from The University of Bridgeport. She also holds two doctoral degrees, one from University of Connecticut (1976) and another from Union Institute and University (1998). Dr. Lee has received many academic honors. She is a member of Pi Lambda Theta, Pi Kappa Phi and Phi Delta Kappa. She also is the recipient of six distinguished professor awards and 13 awards for outstanding contributions to her profession, as well as a Governor`s Service Award in 2008. She is listed in Who’s Who Among Scholars In The East (1976).

The author of two textbooks and several scholarly publication, Dr. Lee served as Chair of the GCC Humanities Department for 13 years and as chair of the Faculty/Staff Council (College Governance) for 23 years, a position which she still holds. She teaches English and Communications at Gateway Community College. Dr. Lee was inducted into the Gateway Hall of Fame in 2006.