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Social Sustainability

Campus Rec believes that making socially conscious choices and providing equitable opportunities and outcomes for all its members builds connectedness within and outside the community at the formal, informal and institutional levels. It promotes and encourages diversity and provides processes, systems and structures that create lasting communities.

Social Sustainability Practices

Inclusive Rec Staff

Campus Rec is the first University recreation program in the country to hire a full time staff member dedicated solely to inclusive recreation. Jen Armbruster, Inclusive Rec and Fitness Center Coordinator, was hired in October 2010 to develop a program that makes all recreation opportunities both accessible and inclusive to all members of the Portland State Community. Jen conducts in-service staff trainings to ensure that our employees are dedicated and knowledgeable about accommodations for equipment and programs. Additionally, assessment of future facility and program needs and evaluating and purchasing inclusive equipment that is accessible to all persons on an ongoing basis fosters the growth of the program.

Campus Rec partners with PSU departments and community organizations to share resources and expertise. The partnership with Oregon Adaptive Sports Northwest allows our Outdoor Program to have access to various kinds of adaptive equipment and their members to participate in designated Inclusive sports within the Rec Center. Campus Rec has also partnered with a Capstone course within the engineering department to design and produce a sit ski for the seasonal Adaptive Ski trips that are offered and the Disability Resource Center to make sure that all of our programs are accessible to students seeking those resources.

Campus Rec values providing programs that are accessible to our community. We are proud to provide equipment and programming that creates an inclusive environment and makes every effort to be accessible to all abilities. For accommodations for facilities, activities and programs contact Jen Armbruster at or 503.725.2927.

Universal Changing Rooms

The Rec Center has two Universal Changing Rooms complete with large shower stalls with railings, broader benches, lower lockers, and private changing areas ideal for persons with disabilities, those requiring a single-occupancy space, nursing mothers, or those with small children in need of utilizing a changing station. Additionally, there is a Universal Restroom on the fourth floor.

Inclusive Activities and Programs

Group X fitness classes can be made accessible to everyone and classes such as Cycle/Krank and Sneaker Camp offer specific and built-in workouts and equipment for different fitness levels and abilities. Designated climbing dates and times are scheduled each term and informal rec activities such as sit volleyball, wheelchair basketball, goalball, and open Inclusive Rec time are available for all ability levels. Blending traditional basketball and wheelchair basketball to enforce the idea that everyone is accepted, regardless of ability, is an example of creating a truly inclusive culture and something that Campus Rec is intentional about.

Inclusive and Accessible Equipment

There are several types of equipment that offer persons with disabilities easier or customized access to a variety of fitness

  • Cybex treadmills provide visually impaired students with bright colors and braille.
  • TechnoGym Top is an arm ergometer that provides easy wheelchair access while also having all the audiovisual bells and whistles of other cardio equipment.
  • Elevated stretching and weight benches are placed in the free weight and fourth floor stretching areas so chair users can transfer to an elevated surface for exercise.
  • Recumbent bikes allow easy pass-through access.
  • Krankcycles offer an upper body cardio workout. The seats come out so that wheelchair or power chair users can approach from either direction. The tootsie roll seat makes it much more comfortable for a longer cardio session and these machines can be rolled into any of our Cycle/Krank Group X classes.

Local Artwork in the Rec Center

It is important to Campus Rec to support local artists and former/current PSU students. The Rec Center features artwork from a variety of these artists as well as from a local youth advocacy group. Artwork was purchased for the lounge from p:ear, an organization that mentors homeless and transitional youth through education, art, and recreation and was made entirely by homeless youth.

Adaptive Outdoor Trips

The Outdoor Program offers an adaptive outdoor trip every term for those who require an accommodation, whether due to a temporary or permanent injury, illness, visible, or invisible disability. Additionally, accommodations can also be made by request for all other trips. For adaptive trips, the Inclusive Rec and Outdoor Program will work with people that require special adaptations to experience the outdoors. These trips include alpine skiing, paddling, and cycling. The Outdoor Program provides the gear to adapt for a variety of needs. Outriggers are used for kayaking trips to offer further balance assistance, sit skis and guides for blind skiers for adaptive ski trips, and recumbent bikes for cycle trips, among other customized adaptations.

Access to Outdoor Apparel

The Outdoor Program offers Columbia rain apparel for all trip participants in an effort to make getting outdoors accessible to everyone regardless of ability to procure expensive gear.


Campus Rec is a proud sponsor of the Sexual Assault Awareness Month and other events and activities hosted by the Women’s Resources Center. A strong relationship has been established with the Queer Resource Center to promote inclusion of the LGBTQI community. To create an environment to support global awareness, Campus Rec offers multiple tours each year and works closely with the IELP Program to break down barriers to participation.