Leadership Opportunities

“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

Student Support Specialist

Feminist Engagement & Outreach Specialist

Peer Mentorship Project

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) Planning 

Practicum and Internship Opportunities

Benefits of Volunteering

The WRC volunteer program empowers students by providing 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 your peers at 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

Student Support Specialist

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 three terms, 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, attending a one hour volunteer meeting once per week and completing other duties as they arise.  A large part of this role also includes supporting the Sexual and Relationship Violence response program in connecting students with resources and creating a welcoming and encouraging environment for students seeking crisis services.

Applications are currently closed.

Feminist Engagement & Outreach Specialist

The Women's Resource Center's Leadership Program presents the Feminist Engagement & Outreach Team which consists of 6-8 students attending Portland State University that are interested in gaining a deeper understanding of feminist organizing, leadership development, engagement and outreach skills on campus. This is a volunteer position that is an internship-level equivalent and runs from September 2019 through June 2020.

Applications are currently closed.

Peer Mentorship Project

The Mentorship Project is a peer to peer program that provides opportunities for students to work together to build community, provide support, and help meet the ultimate goal of degree completion. The mission of the Mentorship Projecy is to facilitate an empowering experience for students by students that provides social, personal, and professional growth for both mentors and mentees. It is focused primarily on woman students, addressing issues that concern students 25 years old or older, students transferring from community colleges, women veterans, student parents, women of color, and first generation students.

Applications are currently closed.

Sexual Assault Awareness & Action Month (SAAM) Planning

Each year, the Women’s Resource Center hosts our signature month of events, Sexual Assault Awareness & Action Month. This year, our annual theme is: Innerwork for Social Change. The purpose of the planning committee is to be the visioning center of how we plan for SAAM 2020 with consideration to the WRC’s theme and signature events: Survivor Speak Out/Zine, SAAM Rally/March, Zumbathon Fundraiser, and Take Back the Night.

What does engagement look like?

  • Bi-Weekly Meetings beginning mid-January and ending Mid-April (Approx. 8 meetings)
  • Weekly individual contributions: depending on capacity, leadership initiative, and proximity to event (1 hour)

To participate as a member of the SAAM 2020 planning committee, reach out to
Alisha Howard at halisha@pdx.edu or Cory Lira at lira@pdx.edu.

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 at wrc@pdx.edu.

Contact Us

For more information about volunteering or to inquire more about available leadership opportunities, contact us at wrc@pdx.edu.

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."