Lucy Cross Center for Women and Their Allies

Founded in 2010 by dedicated staff, students, and faculty, “the Lucy” was created as a safe and welcoming space to form community, establish networks, and promote social justice.

Our Door is Always Open

Drop in and enjoy our home away from home. The Lucy Cross Center is located on the first floor of Chase Hall. Locate us on the interactive campus map.

About the Lucy Cross Center

In serving its mission, the Lucy Cross Center:

  • Provides a comfortable, welcoming space for students, staff, and faculty
  • Collaborates with the Rollins community to provide educational events and leadership/mentorship opportunities
  • Serves as an advocate and resource for women and their allies

Who Was Lucy Cross?

Born in 1839, Lucy Cross is considered the “Mother of Rollins College” and a champion of equal educational rights for women. A graduate of Oberlin College (the oldest co-educational institution of higher learning in the country), Cross foresaw the need for a college in Florida to educate both men and women.

With the financial help of Alonzo W. Rollins, a businessman from Chicago, and Lucy’s urging, Rollins College became Florida’s first institution of higher learning in 1885.

In 1936, Rollins memorialized Lucy’s service to Florida and the College by erecting a hall in her honor.

Lucy Cross Center for Women & Their Allies
Rollins College
Chase Hall – 101
T. 407.646.1560
mstecker@rollins.edu