Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Womens Resource Center

I realized that I have been aware of the Womens Resource Center but had never actually been inside. Its current location is in the basement of the Montgomery Building tucked behind the Simon Benson House. It has a quaint and cozy courtyard which is covered with vining plants. Down a short flight of stairs the Womens Resource Center is a very warm and comfortable space with tons of couches, a reading library, small fridge, and space to prepare coffee and lunch.

The lady at the front desk said the space is open to anyone to come and relax, or take a mid day nap on one of the couches, come there to eat lunch and use the fridge to store food if you put your name on it. When I was there there were several people casually lounging around, chatting, reading, or napping. She told me that originally the WRC was located in the what is now in the Green Space next to Food For Thought. Now they moved to the bigger space and are doing remodeling of the back offices to make better use of the space.

I was really interested in the WRC because it is kind of a hidden place on campus because it is tucked out of the normal pathways people might take going to and from classes. But it seems as though the people who make use of the WRC are probably there often.

When I was there I hung out for a while, but only spoke with the lady at the front desk and talked about the history of the WRC. I talked with one girl who was there signing up to audition for the Vagina Monologues. She said she didnt hang out much in the WRC but had wanted to perform a piece for the Vagina Monologues for a long time and was excited but nervous to get the chance to audition. I would like to go back and focus more on the people who hang out in the WRC and get a sense of them.

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