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Balancing Life and Wellness

Portland State University is committed to creating a workplace environment that supports its community members in balancing their professional and personal lives. Embodied within this commitment is the understanding of the connection and interdependence between the workplace, family, and personal lives; successful satisfaction in one setting may contribute to success and satisfaction in the other setting.

To support our community members, we have built a comprehensive collection of links to organizations at PSU and in the Portland community representing resources to help us all integrate balance and wellness into our lives.

Lactation Space

The Resource Center for Students with Children located in SMSU 462 have lactation kits in our office that are free to students and  $30 for staff and faculty. Also, PSU has designated certain private locations as suitable for lactating mothers under ORS 653.077 who are expressing milk by manual or mechanical means. The following links provide a list of locations as well as a guide for Employee's Breastfeeding and working.

Child Care and Children's Services

Helen Gordon Child Development Center Provides full day infant/toddler, preschool and kindergarten programs; waitlist available.
Little Vikings If you need just a few hours of care here and there, Little Vikings is the place for your child! We have reserved and walk-in care available during extended hours, and you only have to pay for the care you need. Fee free to request care online at
ASPSU Children's Center The Children's Center is designed for short hour and full-day care for students, staff, and faculty who need 8 or more hours of child care each week. Hours are reserved each term to accommodate family schedule needs. The Center features two spacious classrooms in which children learn through active exploration in an environment with engaging materials and opportunities to connect socially.

The Resource Center for Students with Children (for students and student employees only) RCSC is a program that helps student parents manage the conflicting roles and responsibilities that school, work, and family demand of them.
Graduate School of Social Work, Child Care Links Useful links on child care, work and family.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Provides free confidential counseling (up to 3 sessions per issue) to benefits eligible employees, along with resources on child care, and web access to wellness information and quizzes.
Child Care Aware Provides information about types of care, accreditation licensing, how to choose care, how to evaluate a provider, or locate a provider.
National Association for the Education of Young Children Provides NAEYC-accredited childcare providers along with articles, books and brochures.
Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program provides information about safeguarding the health of low-income women, infants and children.


National Adoption Information Clearinghouse Provides comprehensive information on adoption.


Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Provides free confidential counseling (up to 3 sessions per issue) to benefits eligible employees, along with resources on elder care and web access to wellness information and quizzes.

Institute on Aging Provides information on quality of life issues for elders and their families, along with training, assistance and sponsorship of organizations for elders.

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Provides information on elder issues.

Social Security Provides information from the U.S. Social Security Administration.

Medicare Provides information on Medicare services.

Medicaid Provides information on Medicaid services.


Health and Wellness

Campus Rec A faculty and staff rate is available to current Portland State employees; verification of employment status and a valid Portland State ID and photo Identification is required for membership.

Greater Portland YWCA Fitness for everybody. Corporate rates are available for PSU faculty and staff starting at $36 per month.

Weight Watchers at Work PSU offers 3 Weight Watchers at Work meetings each week. For qualified PEBB members, these meetings are free. One meeting is held on Tuesdays at SMSU room 258. Weigh-in begins at 12:30 and the meeting starts at 1:00. The other two meetings are offered back-to-back on Fridays in USB FAP conference room 202E. The first meeting is from 12-12:30, the second from 12:45-1:15. Weigh-in begins at 11:40 and is in room 202V. Please contact Cindy Waugh at 5-3098 for more information.

Public Employees Benefit Board (PEBB) Publications Provides publications with information on PEBB benefits and wellness issues.

Oregon Department of Human Services Provides information on issues such as child and family services, abuse and neglect, addiction, mental health, people with disabilities, seniors and public health.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Provides additional resources on health and human services, available nationally.

Campus Public Safety Provides information, including a campus safety guide and crime prevention tips.

Work/Life Policy The purpose of this policy is to provide direction for the University's commitment to support employees in both their work and personal lives.


Diversity Resources

Commission on the Status of Women The commission is committed to creating a campus climate that supports, encourages and values the full participation of all women within the PSU community.
Cultural Centers Provides a forum for collaborative cultural, educational and social experiences at PSU and beyond.
Native American Center Provides a learning center to unite all communities.
Mittleman Jewish Community Center Provides programs for everyone age 6 weeks to 100 years. Membership based, and anyone can join regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation and economic status.
PSU Women's Resource Center The Women's Resource Center seeks to empower women and to encourage their activeand equal participation in all levels of the university community and the larger society.
Office of Diversity and Inclusion A resource for information on several PSU networks and task forces, including the interpersonal violence network, safe space network, sexual harassment task force and the sexual diversity task force.
President's Sexual and Gender Equality Task Force (SAGE) The task force is committed to creating a campus environment that supports and encourages full participation of sexual minorities in all aspects of campus life.

Say Hey, NW is an informal reception to honor new professionals of color who have arrived in Oregon/SW Washington during the last 18 months. If you are new, or know someone new, please contact Vicki Nakashima, Partners in Diversity, by calling (503) 203-5624 or via email to

Social Resources

Box Office Provides ticket sales for PSU athletics and arts events. Also an authorized TicketMaster box office.
Viking Gameroom Provides an on-campus bowling alley.
Portland City Search Search Portland for area restaurants, bars & nightlife, hotels, movies, spas & beauty, tickets & events, and the yellow pages.

Shopping, Eating and Transportation

PSU Bookstore No time to shop? The bookstore stocks a selection of seasonal gifts, greeting cards, magazines, and health and beauty aids. PSU logo apparel is also available.
University Market Convenient stop for snacks, school supplies, PSU apparel and more.
Campus Dining Provides links to the Food Court Daily Specials as well as information on all campus restaurants.
Transportation & Parking Provides information from the PSU offices of Transportation & Parking.
Tri-Met Portland Tri-Met, provides commuter options, including bus lines, Max light-rail and streetcar information for the Portland area.
The Walking Company - Receive 15% off on all purchases

"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."

- John Lennon