The Resource Center is an on-campus facility that offers a safe space, informative materials, and professional services for all students. The center is run by coordinators and volunteers who create and host community building events throughout the year. The sub-organizations within it are the Women’s Resource Centre (WRC), the Peer Support Network (PSN), and the Pride Resource Center (PRC) which all have office hours in the centre through the week.
The WRC welcomes all self-identified women and its mandate, stated by WR Coordinator Josee Kreese, is “to seek the full equality of women through discussion and activism”.
The PSN offers peer support for everyone on an extensive range of issues; PS Internal Coordinator Stephanie Awotwi-Pratt said these issues may include, but not limited to, anxiety, academic stress, relationships, sexuality, and culture.
The PRC is focused around raising awareness and fostering a community among LGBTQ+ students.
The sense of belonging and community provided by the Resource Center resonates with many UBCO students which made SUO determined to find it the perfect home. Its previous location, UNC 109, was too crowded as it was shared by Third Space Counselling and other student associations respectively. Despite this struggle, its new location at UNC 132A represented its best interests; aside from more capacity, its other benefits such as more privacy, accessibility, and open windows which provide ample natural light.
President Amal Alhuwayshi is committed to promoting their valued services, and said that SUO will continue to empower the initiative of the Resource Center. This will be achieved by “increasing support, inclusion, wellness, and [an] awareness on campus of many of the issues that are relevant to students today”.
Regardless of what your reason to visit is, the Resource Center will always provide you a place of solace and acceptance.