Women's Resource Center

Resources

The mission of the Women’s Resource Center is to facilitate a work and learning environment at Washington State University that supports the success and empowerment of all women students, staff and faculty, as individuals and as a community.  The WRC serves as a resource center for the university community on issues and programs related to women. Our library and reference materials are extensive, and are available to the entire university population.

We encourage a campus environment that recognizes the contributions of women and supports their diverse concerns. The WRC serves as a home base for many programs and projects presented by women’s groups on campus. Embracing change, demanding diversity, and recognizing the dignity to all women, the WRC is an empowering focal point for young women leaders. When the Women’s Resource Center provides assistance, support, and mentoring to women at Washington State University, we help those women transform our campus into a more inclusive and progressive institution.

The resources we offer range from food assistance to activity space to skill building for leadership development.

  • Rosario's Place

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    Rosario's Place was created to offer student-parents quality, free, and gently used clothing for children 6 and younger years of age and has expanded to include books, small toys, diapering products, and limited baby gear. Our food pantry is conveniently close by as well. Access to this service is FREE to all WSU students. Contact us for more information or to schedule a visit!

    We're proud to be able to offer this resource to WSU's hard-working student parents. Rosario's Place is supported entirely by donations from WSU and the surrounding community - and, in fact, many of our donors are also people who use the resource. Our community is generous, and we're glad to be part of efforts to take care of each other.

    To Visit

    If you are interested in visiting Rosario's Place, please come to the Women's Resource Center in Room 8 on the Ground Floor of Wilson-Short Hall anytime during normal business hours.  Anyone on staff will be happy to help you. Contact us if you have any questions!

     Current Needs

    • Toddler clothing, sizes 3T - 5T, in good condition
    • Disposable diapers in all sizes

    To Donate

    • Donations are accepted anytime during normal operating hours.
    • Rosario’s Place accepts new or gently used children’s clothing and shoes (0-5 years), children's books and toys, and new diapers and hygiene products.
    • Please note that the Women's Resource Center cannot accept food/formula products or large items such as car-seats, carriers, strollers, or baby furniture. 
    • Clothing must be clean and folded neatly in boxes or bags, and all books/toys must be in excellent condition.
    • All new disposable diapers, wipes, creams, oils, powders, and feeding tools must be in original, unopened packaging.
    • Items not used after 90 days become the property of the Women's Resource Center and may be donated to a charity of our choice.

  • Food Pantry

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    Not only does the Women’s Resource Center provide gently used clothing for children and feminine hygiene products, but we now also have a small food pantry located in Rosario’s Place! The food pantry is open weekdays, 8am-5pm and is located in Wilson-Short Hall. Food is available for any WSU student, regardless of gender.

    The food is donated by people at WSU and in the surrounding community, and is available to all students. The selection varies greatly, but often includes snacks and quick lunch items as well as canned and dry goods. We know that financial aid can be late coming in, or that people sometimes forget to pack a lunch for a long day - please don't hesitate to come by for a cup of noodles!

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    Resources like this one grow out of perceived community need. We aren't the only food pantry on campus (check out TRIO), and the university is taking steps to address food insecurity in a number of ways. We're just glad to do our bit to make life a bit easier for hungry Cougs.

    To Visit

    To access our food pantry please come to the Women's Resource Center in Room 8 on the Ground Floor of Wilson-Short Hall anytime during normal business hours.  Anyone on staff will be happy to help you. Contact us if you have any questions!

     Current Needs

    • Cup of noodles / instant single-serving lunches
    • Granola or protein bars, other snacks 
    • Reusable shopping bags

    To Donate

    • Donations are accepted anytime during normal operating hours.
    • We can only accept shelf-stable food in its original packaging.
    • We may re-donate food to other area food banks if it isn't likely to be used here.

  • Lactation Center

    If you are a parent on campus in need of a private place to feed your child or use your breast pump, space is available in Wilson-Short Hall. We provide paper towels and a sink area to clean equipment, and we can store breast milk for short periods of time.  To schedule an appointment, please contact us by phone or email. Check in at the Women's Resource Center (Wilson-Short Room 8) when you arrive, and staff will give you access to the space.

    We think it's important that student parents have the resources they need to succeed, which is why we provide both this lactation station and Rosario's Place. Please don't hesitate to get in touch!

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  • Computer Lab and Library

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    four students studying in the library

    Come to the WRC Computer Lab!

    The computer lab is a free resource provided to WSU students by the Women’s Resource Center. The lab contains a few computers with internet access and study space. You will also find advertising for events being hosted throughout the academic year on each side of the room, and it can be a great space for small study groups.

    Check out the WRC Library.

    Students are welcome to browse and check out books from our resource library. We host an extensive collection of female-centered and leadership development books, as well as books selected for common reading. Materials available include journals, periodicals, books, information files and video tapes. The Resource Library also subscribes to several national publications including Women in Higher Education, About Women On Campus, On Campus With Women, Women's Health Watch, Center for Research on Women Research Report, Washington Women United, the Center for Women Policy Studies Report, and many more. This extensive collection is available to the entire University population.

    The library also has space for a small meeting of up to eight people. To reserve the room for a meeting or to check out a book, call or visit the Women’s Resource Center.

    Library and computer hours are during open hours: 8:30am – 5pm, Monday to Friday.