Resources

Part of the mission of The Resource Center is to provide resources to underrepresented and marginalized students on campus.  Below is a brief list of the ways in which we provide direct as well as community building resources to collaboratively address the impact of injustice and inequity on the experience of underrepresented and marginalized students at Wesleyan:

  • Co-Sponsorship Budget- fill out this form if you would like to apply for RC support of an initiative and/or event that you are organizing that relates to our five areas of focus.
    • The RC co-sponsorship budget is for any student who is looking to receive RC support for an initiative and/or event that they are organizing that relates to our five areas of focus (race, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, disability, gender, sexuality, sustainability, spirituality, and social and political activism). 
    • We prioritize funding events and initiatives that have a positive impact on community development on campus related to our areas of focus.  Some key questions to think about before applying for RC co-sponsorship include:
      • Does the event/initiative help marginalized and underrepresented student communities navigate the university better?
      • Does the event/initiative help marginalized and underrepresented student communities better develop their connections and sense of belonging?
      • Does the event/initiative help students to maintain awareness of matters related to intolerance and inaccessibility and to lessen violence in matters related to social identities and human differences on campus?
    • The RC routinely provides the following support services to student leaders and organizations that contribute to our areas of focus:
      • Printing, fundraising/funding, program planning, financial administration and procurement, contract processing, setup and cleanup, marketing and advertising, dinning service materials, coalition building and resource sharing, conference funding and debrief meetings
    • After submitting a co-sponsorship request it can take 3-4 business days for administrative follow-up to occur.  After submitting a request, students must meet with RC staff to talk about their request, answer follow-up and logistics questions, and plan next steps.  Students must apply for funding no later than two weeks before their event.
    • The main thing the RC can not fund are requests that are not directly related to our areas of focus, only have an impact on individual students, and/or no impact upon the campus community and climate as a whole.
  • Lending Library- fill out this form to become a patron of the RC library and check out our catalogue of books, magazines, and educational materials related to the center's five areas of focus.
  • Textbook Request Program- this program allows first generation and low-income students to apply for the RC to buy a textbook that they need for a class and lend it out to them on a monthly basis as part of the RC lending library.  First check out our catalogue to see if we have the text already in the library, then just apply through this form!
  • Kitchen/Pantry- tea, coffee, oatmeal, granola bars, shelf-stable snacks.
  • Computer Lab- three computers, free printing, Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office.
  • Supplies for student organizations and organizing on campus (e.g. office supplies, poster materials, copier, markers, etc.).
  • Marketing and Publication- if your organization needs help paying for and disseminating flyers, we can help get your marketing materials printed!  Just fill out this form.
  • If you have an event, initiative, or opportunity related to our mission and purpose that you would like us to advertise to our community, please fill out this form!
  • Reservable conference room and meeting room with projector.
  • Two study rooms.
  • Compostable Dining Materials- student organizations can apply to recieve compostable dining service materials (forks, plates, napkins, cups, etc.) for events related to the mission and purpose of the RC.
  • Hosting leadership transition meetings with affinity and social and political activism related student groups in April.
  • Updated calendar displaying the events and meeting times/locations of affinity and social and political activism related student groups.
  • The Wesleyan Resource Guide- an online blog developed and maintained by interns of the RC in the hopes of helping underrepresented groups, particularly first-generation and low-income students, better navigate Wesleyan’s campus through community experiences and advice.

If you have ideas about specific resources the Resource Center should provide, please fill out our co-sponsorship form with your idea and details about how we could possibly make it happen!