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Leadership in Action Program

“A big thanks for all of your support and dedication. You are awesome. I've really enjoyed my time at the WRC and meeting all of the fabulous women. It's been inspiring. After reviewing all of the opportunities that I've experienced, I felt like I'd be cutting myself short by not volunteering again.” - WRC volunteer

Benefits of Volunteering

Working the Front Desk

Action Teams

Event Planning Opportunities

Practicum and Internship Opportunities

Want to volunteer with the Women’s Resource Center?

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  1. Join the WRC on OrgSync.
  2. Fill out the Volunteer Registration Form on OrgSync.
  3. RSVP for the next upcoming Volunteer Orientation (usually week 10 of each term)

The Leadership in Action Program invites PSU students of every gender to volunteer or find a way to get involved with the Women’s Resource Center, where we provide a wide variety of leadership and professional opportunities—in some instances for academic credit. One can participate by volunteering at our front desk, joining an action team, or working on special events throughout the year. We seek to support our volunteers in identifying, honing, and developing their individual leadership skills by providing opportunities to work in a collaborative and supportive environment. Take the first step to getting involved and fill out the registration form today!

Benefits of Volunteering

The WRC volunteer program empowers women by providing student volunteers the opportunity to develop as emerging feminist leaders in our community. We seek to support our volunteers in identifying, honing, and developing their individual leadership skills by providing opportunities to work in a collaborative and supportive environment. Here are nine ways you can benefit from being a volunteer at the Women's Resource Center:

  • Serve the women of PSU and empower yourself.
  • Develop yourself as a student leader on campus.
  • Learn more about feminist organizing and activism.
  • Meet and become involved with PSU's Feminist community.
  • Develop professional office and customer service skills.
  • Enrich your resume.
  • Set personal and academic development goals and receive mentoring towards the attainment of those goals through service to the Women's Resource Center.
  • Stay informed about events and opportunities to become more involved.
  • Receive academic credit for your work, and apply hours toward practicum requirements with department approval

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Working the Front Desk

Staffing the front desk is a great way for new students to become engaged as volunteers at the Women’s Resource Center. Students make a commitment of one four hour a week shift for the whole term, typically 9:00am to 1:00pm or 1:00pm to 5:00pm, which involves greeting those coming in,answering phones, making appointments, maintaining the space, and completing other duties as they arise. Also a part of the role is being able to connect students with resources and creating a welcoming and encouraging environment for students to seek crisis services, develop skills, and build community.

Action Teams

The WRC is home to a variety of action teams which encourage students to engage in nonviolent activism on issues of importance. They meet frequently, plan events, and provide educational materials. Currently the WRC houses the following action teams. Visit our Action Teams page to learn more about them and to follow them on Facebook.

  • Love Your Body
  • Sustainability, also knows as the Eco Femmes
  • Women Veterans Outreach
  • Women of Color Outreach
  • Men in the Movement
  • Reproductive Justice

Event Planning Opportunities

Each year the Women’s Resource Center hosts a number of large student-led. Committee chair persons, director, and producer applications are typically available on OrgSync for the current positions being recruited under the “Forms” section. It is also possible to participate in event planning by being members of the coordinating committees and helping day of. The annual schedule is often:

October

  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month

November

  • Social Sustainability Month

April

  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month
  • Take Back the Night

Practicum and Internship Opportunities

The Women’s Resource Center offers a variety of opportunities for students who are interested in internships. In many cases, students approach us with their own ideas about special projects or services that are best suited to their skills and area of interest. The projects could range anywhere from coordinating and planning events—such as a film series or a workshop—to developing and implementing research projects that support the mission and values of the WRC. If interested in an internship or for credit opportunity please contact us to set up a meeting with the WRC Assistant Director, Virginia Martin.

Contact Us

For more information about volunteering or to ask about the Leadership in Action Program, contact Virginia Martin at vmartin@pdx.edu or 503-725-5672.

Quotes from current and previous volunteers:

"The environment is safe and relaxing. Our voices are heard and valued. Everything we say is an opportunity to learn and express our opinions."

"I have learned how I can acknowledge my own privilege and still have an active voice in women's rights."

"I have gained skills in respectful inclusive conflict resolution and dialogue facilitation."

"Working at the WRC is helping me discover what I want to do career-wise. It is a great space where I can put feminist theory into practice."

"The WRC has taught me communication skills with many different kinds of people in many situations."

"The WRC is one of the most friendly and inclusive spaces on campus."