Resource Center Programming

Programs and Services

Some of the key on-going programs and services of the center include:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Maintaining a calendar of events related to the center's five areas of focus.
  • 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!
  • Supporting heritage month and cultural awareness programming on campus.
  • Martin Luther King Commemoration Ceremony
  • First Things First Orientation- a pre-orientation program that provides resources, support, and community for first-generation students.
  • Clothing Swap- a monthly night of free clothing, free food, an open mic, and dancing. A night of co-creating and reimagining an accessible, affordable, all-gender welcoming, all-body loving community space that honors, respects and celebrates the creative and healing genius of underrepresented and marginalized peoples and their allies!
  • Collaborating with and supporting the Wesleyan Student Assembly Equity & Inclusion Committee.
  • Convening and collaborating with the Diversity and Sustainability Working Group- a collaboration between the RC, the Office of Equity and Inclusion, and the Office of Sustainability to build coalitions and programming around environmental justice.
  • Convening and collaborating with the International Student Services Working Group- a collaboration between the RC, the Office of International Student Services, and the Fries Center for Global Studies to engage, empower, and support international students on campus.

Through the use of its co-sponsorship budget, the RC will support the Wesleyan community through a variety of programming:

  • Convening workshops where students, staff, and faculty can discuss how social phenomena and themes related to power, privilege, and human differences manifest at Wesleyan.
  • Brainstorming what progress looks like in the context of our multiple and intersecting communities.
  • Bringing innovative and illuminating speakers on campus that challenge and inspire us to do our own personal and communal work when it comes to social and personal change.
  • Providing students with resources to engage in meaningful identity-driven work and to translate that work across and beyond campus and to their lives after Wesleyan.
  • Forging synergies across diverse groups on campus to make the work of individual student organizations, departments, and initiatives more intersectional and collaborative.

 

2017-2018 Collaborative Partnerships & Initiatives

  • Co-sponsor interview prep workshops called the Interview Anxiety Storycircle (collaboration w/ counseling services and career services)
  • Collecting documents from affinity and social and political activism related student groups (flyers, agendas, budgets, displays, etc.)
  • WesFest event (students of color meet and greet)
  • WesCF (conference follow-up, Veritas panel event)
  • Wesleyan Refugee Project (Refugee Week)
  • Asian-American Students Coalition (East Coast Asian American Student Union conference, Asian American Identity Month)
  • First Class (first generation low income student socials, study-breaks)
  • The Ankh (SOC Art Space and Critiquing Workshop)
  • Womxn of Color Collective (Brunch dialogue program, Natural Hair Care Workshop, Self-Care Study Break)
  • Lucid Color and Cardinal Pictures (#MeToo Event)
  • Pangea (International Students Dinner)
  • Shakti (Spring Formal Dinner, South Asia Week)
  • Ujamaa (Black History Month events, Students of Color End of the Year Party)
  • ESQUE (body positivity and sex positivity show)
  • African Student Association (African Student Association week)
  • Vietnamese Student Association (Vietnamese Empowerment Conference, conference debrief dinner)
  • Ajua Campos (Latinx Affirmation Month programing, Latina Empowerment and Development Conference debrief dinner, Dominican Independence Day)
  • Wesleyan for Women & Children (Workshop on advocating for reproductive services and rights)
  • Spectrum (National coming out day open mic, Trans Day of Remembrance event, Black Love Black History Month event)
  • Caribbean Student Association (Hurricane Harvey Relief Charity Dinner, CaribWeek)
  • Students of Color Fashion Show
  • Money Moves Market
  • Sustainability social
  • Homecoming Student/Alumni of Color Reception
  • Queer Reception
  • Collaboration w/ SART intern on Sexual Assault Awareness Month
  • Students for Ending Mass Incarceration (Jayson Negron Protest, Talila Lewis prison abolitionist disability activist event, BBQ event)
  • Composting campaign (pamphlets, event co-sponsorship, compostable food-service materials)
  • Mindfulness @ Wes (Radical Dharma event, Kate Johnson workshop)
  • Students for Justice in Palestine (Chelsea Manning event, Israeli Apartheid Week)
  • Men of Color Student-Alumni conversations (Shawn Dove event, Clifton Watson event, I. Charles Matthews event)
  • Coding While Black (collaboration with Computer Science majors/students of color)