Women's Resource Cooperative
The WRC, Women's Resource Cooperative, consists of student peer educators who educate their fellow students about issues that females may experience on a college campus. Some topics include Sexual Assault Prevention, Eating Disorders, Positive Body Image, and Discrimination/Violence Against Women. WRC members help raise awareness about various topics that impact women. WRC members are trained and supervised to provide educational programs and activities on campus and also often collaborate with other student groups.
Members of the WRC are trained in presentation skills, initiating creative programming, and developing knowledge of various psychological and social issues with a focus on how those issues impact women in the CCU community. They are taught to provide programs on self-esteem, body image, drugs/alcohol, sexual assault awareness, stress management, relationships, healthy living, campus and community resources and other topics relevant to university life. Other topics are included according to participant interest.
Training consists of a 1-day retreat offered on a weekend early in the semester. On-going training occurs through a weekly staff meeting.
WRC members are expected to participate in all training activities. They are encouraged to participate in the planning and implementation of events such as panels, forums and other special events on a variety of women’s health and wellness topics.
The benefits to being a WRC member include learning about healthy living for yourself, having an opportunity to help others, developing presentation skills, building your resume, making friends and having fun. WRC members work together as a team and often collaborate with other organizations and campus departments to create programs and activities.
WRC members may complete internships in conjunction with an academic department. In addition to the responsibilities listed above, interns develop a list of projects to be completed throughout the semester. Such projects could be suggested by Counseling Services Staff or could be identified through a needs assessment completed by the intern. Projects may include writing and designing a brochure, coordinating an awareness week, writing a newsletter, collecting and analyzing data, developing an informational campaign on a specific topic, writing articles to be submitted to The Chanticleer, etc. The possible projects are endless and interns are encouraged to take on projects that fit with their needs and passions. While weekly supervision is provided to interns, in addition to group supervision through the weekly WRC meeting, interns are expected to work relatively independently on their projects. Projects may be done in conjunction with other WRC members, SHORE Peer Educators or staff members and other student organizations or departments on campus. Interns are expected to monitor their hours to ensure that they are meeting the requirements of the academic department.
To join the Women’s Resource Cooperative, contact Chris Donevant-Haines at The COAST (Counseling Outreach Advocacy Student Team) at 843-349-5022 or stop by the office located in the E. Craig Wall College of Business building, Room 313.