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Lucy Cross Center for Women and Their Allies

The Lucy Legacy

“Nothing is really ended until it is forgotten.  Whatever is kept in memory still endures, and is real.” -  Orlando Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution in remembrance of Lucy Ann Cross.

"The Mother of Rollins"

Lucy Cross (1839-1927)
Teacher, Civics Leader, and Precursor to Rollins College 

"In 1884, Florida possessed only eight county high schools. Elementary and high schools operated from two to five months a year with wholly inadequate facilities. Most of the students attending them could not read. One observer at the time concluded that 45 of every 100 voters were illiterate...

Professor Jack Lane, professor emeritus of American history and the College's historian, explains. “These conditions served as a magnet that attracted such lay missionaries as Lucy Cross.” - Rollins 360, "Let There Be Light," Nov. 4, 2015
Read more about the founders of Rollins. 

(Photo courtesy of Rollins College Archives & Special Collections)

Opening of the Center

"On Thursday, October 14, 2010, Rollins celebrated the creation of the Lucy Cross Center for Women and Their Allies. More than 100 people stopped by Chase Hall to partake in the opening gathering and discuss contemporary issues. 

The creation of the Lucy Cross Center for Women and Their Allies was the result of the collaborative efforts of the Women’s Studies Program, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Dean of Student Affairs. 

“The Center is a safe inclusive space for students, faculty, and staff to discuss any kind of gender issue,” said Sunshine Schulenberg, graduate assistant for Women’s Studies and the Lucy Cross Center. “We work closely with Voices for Women as well as sororities and fraternities.”  

The center is named after Lucy Anne Cross, who was born in Philadelphia in 1839 and moved to Daytona, FL in 1880. She saw the need for a college in Florida and is quoted for saying, “My desire is to found a college through and complete in its courses of study and illustrate by practice the doctrine of 'the Education of the South at the South.’” Cross was named the “Mother of Rollins” when it opened in 1885; at the time it was only the second co-educational college in the U.S. 

“The presence of the Center will demonstrate that Rollins is supportive of and empathetic to issues that women face,” said Mary Robinson, also a graduate assistant for Women’s Studies and the Lucy Cross Center. “The Center will promote awareness, education, and solutions to these issues.” 

Of course, men are also welcome at the Lucy Cross Center. Additionally, the Center welcomes volunteers and donations including artwork, feminist books, and feminist magazines."

- Original Publication in R-Net News on Oct. 20, 2010

Current Campus Initiatives

Learn more about National Stalking Awareness Month.

Craft for a Cause! Lucy Cross is increasing access to feminine hygiene products across campus. Help us decorate mason jars, fill them with pads & tampons, and distribute them to women's restrooms throughout Rollins. (Image used with permission from

Hey Commuters & Holt Students: Feel free to use the Lucy Cross or Think Tank rooms until 9 pm Monday-Thursday evenings! Feel free to also utilize our kitchen as you need to. If you have questions, please email Abby Hollern ( or Jill Jones (