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Women's and Gender Studies Organizations

Saint Louis University’s Department of Women’s and Gender Studies provides you with ample opportunities to get involved with organizations throughout Saint Louis University and the St. Louis community.


Actio's goals are to focus on promoting feminist activism and gender equality within the Saint Louis University community, to unite students and form relationships outside the classroom, and to engage in discussions with a community of activists devoted to implementing ideas of social justice and equality.

To sign up for the group’s monthly mailer, join Actio on SLU Groups. They can also be found on Facebook and Instagram. Contact them at

Affiliated Organizations

Women’s Commission

Established in 1973 as the President's Advisory Commission on the Status of Women, this group’s initial primary focus was affirmative action and equal opportunity. To meet the changing needs of university women, the commission was restructured twice before its present bylaws were adopted in 1986.

An executive board, widely representative of the women at the University, sponsors programs, provides a forum for women's concerns, and serves as a vehicle for communication about issues and opportunities for women in higher education.

The Women's Commission has sponsored special workshops and seminars and, since 1978, has recognized the contributions of women to the University by honoring the "Women of the Year" at an annual luncheon. Programs are open to all members of the University community.


Una is a chartered student organization on Saint Louis University's campus that advocates for the equal treatment of all people, noting that the root of almost all oppression can in some way be traced back to patriarchy.

Una meets every Monday at 5:30 p.m. in the Una and Rainbow Office in room 127 of Busch Student Center.

For more information, visit Una’s webpage.

Rainbow Alliance

Rainbow Alliance is a chartered student organization at Saint Louis University committed to supporting and advocating for the members and allies of the queer community at SLU and beyond.

Queer community is a way of describing the community in a way that is inclusive to all sexual orientations and gender identities. While the word "queer" has been and can be used derogatorily, members of the community reclaim it as an expression of love and inclusivity to describe the community. Members continue to engage in dialogue with each other on how best to describe themselves.