The Gertrude Meth Hochberg Women's Center is committed to enhancing the quality of life for the community of women at Bryant University and provides a forum for discussing issues facing women in business and society. The Women’s Center serves as a resource for students, faculty, and staff to celebrate diversity, engage in intellectual discussion, and work toward the full participation of women in the life of the University.
The Women's Center supports the mission of Bryant University by providing resources and support to the increasing number of women students on campus. By organizing programs geared toward increasing women's awareness, such as Women's HERstory Month, participating in International Education Week, and collaborating with faculty and student organizations to strengthen co-curricular education and foster Bryant’s student-centered learning environment.
The Gertrude Meth Hochberg Women’s Center was named in 2011, to pay tribute to one of Bryant’s own female pioneers who broke the glass ceiling and paved the way for the women of our University. Hochberg was an ardent advocate for women’s equality and achieved many “firsts” during her career as Vice President of Public Relations at Bryant from 1949-1977. Not only was she the first female vice president of a college or university in Rhode Island, but she was also the moving force behind Bryant’s first Commencement address given by a woman. She helped to promote the University’s focus on educating and empowering women to achieve fulfilling careers, a continuous theme in Bryant’s history. A consummate professional and a devoted mother and wife, she served as a great mentor and role model, helping women realize that achieving a balance between a career and a loving family can indeed be accomplished.