Letter from the Director: Dear Iowa State community,  Welcome back to a new semester and happy new year! You might be noticing a change to the website and center name. We are thrilled to announce that with the new year, we’re also introducing a new name to better represent our mission and vision. We are now the Margaret Sloss Center for Women and Gender Equity! The Sloss Center, formally known as the Margaret Sloss Women’s Center located in the Sloss House, was created in 1981 to support women students at Iowa State University, with a focus on returning non-traditional students who had left the university to marry and start families. In order to help these returning students succeed, the Women’s Center provided resources and services that focused on young mothers and their needs as students on our campus in particular.  Today the Sloss Center continues to support students as they juggle different life demands in addition to academic expectations. But we also recognize that today’s students encounter a myriad of challenges based on their identities and backgrounds that move beyond the issues initially identified when the Sloss Center was first founded.  As such, we realized it was time to update the name to better represent the work we do and the mission we uphold in our community. Effective January 7th, 2019, we are the Margaret Sloss Center for Women and Gender Equity.  This new name aims to better reflect our goal of providing programming, resources, and community to all of you at Iowa State University! We are equally invested in supporting our gender non-conforming, transgender, and mis-gendered students, faculty, and staff as we are with supporting and creating a safe space for everyone in our community.  We welcome you to a new semester and hope you’ll stop by to learn more about our work at the Sloss Center and how you can get involved! All the best, Dr. Sandra Looft  Director, Margaret Sloss Center for Women and Gender Equity