ROP serves underrepresented groups on campus
The seven centers that make up the Associated Students Resource and Outreach Programs at Western Washington University provide information, advocacy, activities and peer education to Western students. The ROP strives to empower and support all members of WWU’s diverse community.
In this video, created during winter quarter at WWU, University Communications intern Jeremy Smith speaks with the heads of the ROP's seven offices to tell the story of the ROP.
The descriptions below are from the AS website:
Sexual Awareness Center: The Sexual Awareness Center is a non-judgmental resource for people seeking information about sexuality and related issues. The SAC also works to actively promote knowledge in the campus community that allows people to make safe and informed choices about sexual attitudes and behavior by providing a safe space for all students, confidential referral services, educational and social programming, and peer education.
Social Issues Resource Center: The Social Issues Resource Center is responsible for raising awareness about social issues, including those not commonly represented in the mainstream media, and inspiring students to be more active and engaged citizens. The SIRC facilitates the sharing of diverse perspectives by providing resources, information, and the coordination of events. It also serves as a networking center for related AS clubs and community organization.
Veterans Outreach Center: The Veterans Outreach Center helps veterans and concerned individuals with information about employment, educational opportunities, counseling, disabilities, and benefit information. The VOC also serves as an advocate for veterans on Western’s campus while striving to create a united community of support and understanding.
The Women's Center: The Women’s Center exists to provide the Western community with support, the opportunity to exchange ideas and become aware of women’s issues through programming, resource referral, and the development of a “safe space” on campus. Historically, politics and public debate on women’s issues has been an integral part of the Women’s Center.
Queer Resource Center: The Queer Resource Center provides non-judgmental and unbiased programs, safe space, and resources to both students who identify as Queer and their allies. The QRC does this by reaching out and building community among Western students of diverse backgrounds, advocating for and educating about the Queer identity through events and resources, creating and affirming positive self-identities, networking with Queer clubs, providing peer counseling services, and addressing current issues relevant to the Queer community.
Legal Information Center: The Legal Information Center provides confidential and non-judgmental information and resources for students. Our mission is to help students make informed choices, to encourage students to take an active role in their own legal disputes, and to act as an informal prelaw advisor to those students pursuing or interested in legal careers. We believe that through the use of the LIC’s peer education, programs and events, and resources students will gain a better understanding of their legal rights and responsibilities and a greater degree of knowledge about the legal system in general.
Disability Outreach Center: The Disability Outreach Center is a student organization that serves both people with disabilities and community allies. The DOC provides information, referrals and education programming targeting disability issues in order to provide students with a connection to community resources and to promote their human and civil rights. The DOC also provides a safe space for all people, social programming and promotes community pride for students with disabilities.