Frequently Asked Questions

Why have a "Women's" Center?
Molloy College was founded by the Dominican Sisters of Amityville, whose goal it was to education women. When the College became co-educational, it was deemed important to have a place where students, faculty and others would continue to focus on women and women's issues. Thus, in 1975, the Siena Women's Center was founded. The Siena Center houses a collection of current and classic books, as well as current magazines and newspapers.

What does the Center provide?
The Siena Women's Center provides an extensive library - spanning all disciplines - to which all Molloy students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni have access. The Center supports the Molloy College Women's Studies Minor and hosts events such as book discussions, the semi-annual Levenson Lecture, the annual Catherine of Siena Lecture and the annual Academic Symposium. Other events are scheduled as need and interest emerge.

Are men welcome in the Center?
Absolutely! Male students and faculty are welcome and strongly encouraged to use the library and resource room, attend the discussions, lectures and symposia. They are an important part of what happens in the Center.

Who is Catherine of Siena?
Saint Catherine of Siena, a Dominican lay woman, is one of the patrons of the Dominican Order. She was a Doctor of the Church and ministered to the local people of Siena, Italy. During her life, she negotiated with political and church leaders and even with popes. Catherine of Siena is Patron of Nurses and a model of courage, strength and deep humility.

How can I find out more about the Women's Studies Minor?
To learn more about the Women's Studies minor, contact Dr. Cheryl Camenzuli at or Barbara Contardo at or 561.323.3300

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