The Women’s Center seeks to support and promote the collaborative efforts of women, facilitating programs that serve to build a collaborative community in which women’s voices are heard and honored.The Center works to develop and disseminate resource materials that help educate the community about ideas and issues that impact and involve women.Acknowledging that a key component of feminism is sisterhood, the Center seeks to co-create an environment at Albion in which women can flourish and achieve to their potential.
The Women's Center works collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff to respond to the needs of persons in the Albion community with addressing issues central to gender equity.
Sexual Assault/Sexual Harassment
The Anna Howard Shaw Women’s Center designs and delivers programming about sexual assault and sexual harassment prevention and intervention.In addressing issues of violence against women, the Women’s Center interacts with a broad network of groups such as Peer Educators, student groups, Residential Life, Campus Safety, Counseling Services, Intercultural Affairs, faculty committees, Women’s & Gender Studies, and the Albion College administration.The Women’s Center is a resource for students, faculty, and staff who need information, support or referrals pertaining to sexual assault/sexual harassment survival and recovery.
Anna Howard Shaw Women’s History Month
For Women’s History Month in March each year, the Women’s Center, in collaboration with the Women’s & Gender Studies Committee, students, faculty, and staff provides programming to honor Dr. Shaw’s life and work, by highlighting women’s lives, interests, and passions.Programs are open to all members of the greater Albion Community.
Life Choices/Career Decisions
The Center is involved in programming that assists women in making academic plans, life choices, and career decisions.
Happy Birthday - $20
Our birthday package sends wishes for a Happy Birthday with a 10" decorated cake (either chocolate or yellow), cups, forks, plates, napkins, snacks and a choice of six bottled waters, juices, or canned sodas.
*Requires a three-day notice*
We will notify your student of their surprise and when they can pick it up. Pickup days are Monday through Friday. For more details or to phone your order, call (517)629-0318.
We hope this service will provide you with an avenue to express your support and love while your student attends Albion College.
VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER are accepted.
Albion College H1N1 Influenza Preventative Approach
As at other colleges and universities in the country, Albion College has prepared for potential exposure of members of the College community to the H1N1 influenza virus. Information regarding these preparations appears below. If you have any questions, please contact Student Health Services (SHS) at 517/629-0220.
Albion College Student Health Services staff have been monitoring information from the national Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding the H1N1 outbreak and have also been in contact with state, county, and local officials. Additional information as well as regular updates on the College’s approach will be available on the Web site.
Testing and Treatment for H1N1 Influenza
The World Health Organization has declared a worldwide pandemic based on the spread of the new H1N1 virus, not on the severity of illness caused by the virus.
According to the Michigan Department of Community Health Web site, influenza testing will only be conducted for “public health case investigations (e.g., ICU hospitalizations, severely ill pregnant women, patients with unusual and severe presentations, and deaths) and for congregate setting outbreak/cluster investigations.”
Because our student population will not be tested for the H1N1 influenza when they present to Student Health Services with flu symptoms, the initial medical approach to care will be similar to that for other flu viruses. For more treatment information, please see the Symptoms and Care page.
Personal Responsibility to Promote Good Health
College community members are urged to continuously practice good health and hygiene habits.
- Follow good cough and sneeze etiquette by coughing or sneezing into a tissue (or if a tissue is unavailable, to cover your mouth with your upper arm).
- Wash hands often with soap and warm water.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer especially if soap and water are not available.
- Stay home except to seek medical attention when you have flu-like symptoms.
All members of the College community should exercise personal responsibility, including eating right, getting enough sleep, not sharing utensils, and not drinking out of the same container with others.
- The College Crisis Management Team continues to monitor and implement best practices with regard to health issues. This team will continue to recommend action steps as needed.
- As the fall semester opened, an educational campaign began with the posting of “Cover Your Coughs and Sneezes” and “Wash Your Hands” signs around campus.
- The Student Health Services staff ordered seasonal flu vaccines in anticipation of offering these vaccines to the College community in mid- to late October. At this time, the vaccine for the H1N1 influenza virus is being developed. To monitor progress, see the CDC Web site.
- Facilities Operations staff mounted hand sanitizer dispensers in many high traffic areas around campus.
- Common H1N1 questions and answers are available on this Web site.
- Individual hand sanitizer bottles and educational material were distributed to all students via their campus mail boxes.
- Anti-bacterial soap and tissue boxes are being distributed to student rooms in on-campus housing.
- Postcards explaining the College approach to H1N1 influenza are being mailed to parents at their home addresses.
No Current Plans to Cancel Classes, Programs, Athletic Events, or Travel
Classes will continue, as will programs, public events (including athletic events), and off-campus travel, and study abroad programs. In the event that any aspect of this approach changes, the campus community members and other constituents affected by the change will be notified. Faculty and staff members and students who experience flu-like symptoms should not attend work, class, athletic practice, College events, or travel on College-related business. Individuals who are unable to attend required activities due to illness are expected to consult with their teaching faculty, coach, athletic trainer, supervisor, and/or medical practitioner (as appropriate). (Students: Please note that class attendance and athletic event participation policies are set by individual teaching faculty and coaches, respectively, and these personnel should be consulted regarding absences from these activities.) This proactive approach will promote the overall health of the campus community, so thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Online Information Sources
For more information about the novel influenza A (H1N1) and seasonal influenza, please visit the Web sites listed below.
For specific information on vaccines:
For information on the seasonal flu: