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Empowerment Program

The Empowerment Program is designed especially for non-traditional female students. We place particular importance on serving the needs of women of color, women veterans, first generation students, and women aged 22 and older.

Non-traditional students often experience additional barriers and obstacles when returning to college and completing their degree. The Empowerment Program is a place where students are given the opportunity to connect, share, and discuss issues such as feelings of inferiority in higher education, maintaining a healthy work/life/school balance, academic struggles, difficulties feeling integrated, and getting acclimated to the campus. The Empowerment Program provides resources, skills, information, and support to get past these challenges.

The Empowerment Program offers a curriculum of workshops, training, and courses to support students’ transition to higher education, and to ensure that all students are effectively equipped to succeed at PSU.

Services provided by the Empowerment Program:

o    Returning Women College Success Class

o    Returning Women Students Peer Support Group

o    Women’s Mentorship Project

o    Scholarship research and assistance

o    Tours of the PSU campus

o    Resource referral

o    Academic workshops offered every term

o    Support for women veterans who are transitioning into higher education

o    Community college outreach to prepare students transferring to PSU

o    Support for women of color who are PSU Students

    "I wanted to thank you so much for talking with me the other day!!! You are an amazing resource for me :) You and Adrienne helped me so much. I don't think I have the words to express what it did on so many levels. It helped me to be more comfortable in my own skin, thank you. Knowing that I can come in and bounce things off of you with no judgment, it helps me to navigate this new world."

    Quote from PSU Student

    Empowerment Program Coordinator

    Anna Vetter:


    College Success for Returning Women

    (Previously known as the Returning Women's Workshop WS 120)


    Winter Term 2015: W 9:00am-11:20am, with Virginia Martin (3 credits) 

                                                                  Meets in the Women's Resource Center

    UNST 194, RW2, 45332  

    UNST 394, RW4, 45331 


    Offered through University Studies, College Success for Returning Women (UNST 194/394) builds on the best wisdom from innovators in psychology, education, business, sports, and personal effectiveness using the On Course Success Principles which represent eight of the essential "things" that good learners believe and do. Founded on these timeless principles, the On Course text and the College Success course give students a collection of practical success tools to empower students by giving them the outer behaviors and inner qualities to create greater success in college and in life. In addition, students will participate in guided journal writings, learn essential success strategies, discover critical resources and actively engage with the PSU community. For more information contact Virginia at or 503-725-5672.

    Quotes from past RW College Success Class Students:

    "The On Course text has made a difference in my success this term and has increased my capacity to be engaged and enthusiastic about future goals both in an academic setting and in my life."

    "I recommend this class because it is educational and a support system. I wish everyone knew about it, it saved me from dropping out."

    "This course has been enlightening and educational, as well as creating a group of women whom I have no doubt I will continue to support one another after this term has ended. I feel that I am better equipped to navigate my college career and how to ask for help. I have grown, both as a student as a person, through taking this course."

    "This class was a life changing experience. Over the past few months I had the opportunity to bond with a group of amazing women that helped me to learn so many things about myself and were there for support every step of the way."

    "I feel now as though there are people on campus who truly care about my personal success, and I don't feel so alone on this journey now. Meeting other women who have started this process later in life, and have done it successfully, gives me hope that I can achieve the same thing."