Resource Centers: What SOU Has To Offer

By Kelsie Henderson-Weaver

Southern Oregon University offers its students a multitude of assets to help them find success; one of the most influential aspects of what the university has to offer aside from the events, clubs, opportunities to network, and the overall “cool” factor of college life are its resource centers. Each center is specifically designed to fit the needs of virtually all demographics of people. Not only do these centers provide a safe and inclusive environment for students to relax and/or socialize in after a long day of classes, but they also promote awareness on contemporary issues. Each center highlights student involvement in social, political, and awareness raising events hosted uniquely and collectively.

Starting with the Commuter Resource Center (CRC), this center provides services for “non-traditional”, “commuting”, students with or without families. It offers a space to become better acquainted with the college and assists students through the sometimes complex navigation process. The center certainly lives up to its logo “Home Away from Home”, and even offers minimal daycare services for students with little ones. This center is located in the Stevenson Union (SU) and is open Mon-Thu from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and 9 a.m.-4p.m.on Fridays. For more information contact the CRC at 541-552-8238.

Next is the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) known for its “one big happy family” atmosphere. It is certainly a group which prides itself on the representation of and voice for students of color as well as other unrepresented groups through events and discussions on racial issues. It doesn’t matter what ethnicity you are or what you’re background is, everyone is welcome. For more information contact the center’s coordinator Marvin Woodard at 541-552-8793. The center is open Mon-Fri from 8 a.m.-5 p.m and is located on the third floor of the SU.

The Queer Resource Center (QRC) is not just a center for students of queer identity, but is open to the campus community at large, as long as you’re queer friendly or even just curious. The center’s main goal is to advocate and educate people about queer issues (one of the more famous events they promote is the Pride Parade). For more information, contact their coordinator Janelle Wilson at 541-552-8329. Otherwise the center is open Mon-Fri from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Last though certainly not least, the Women’s Resource Center (WRC), predominantly known for its enthusiastic dedication in advocating, protecting and educating the student body as well as faculty about women’s rights. Similar to the others, the WRC is all inclusive and welcomes everyone openly. The center’s mission is to promote awareness in the “eradication” of abuse, sexism, sexual harassment, misogyny, and inequality between genders. For more information contact the WRC at wrc@sou.edu or simply drop in, the center is located on the 1st floor of the SU and is open Mon-Fri from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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