Eastern staff and students may be unaware of the recent move of EOU’s Women’s Resource and Research Center. The WRRC’s missions statement says the center provides “ongoing education on women’s issues and provides a safe intellectual space for women and other diverse groups that experience the challenges of discrimination.”
The WRRC recently relocated to Hoke111.
The new WRCC space still has unopened boxes from the move sitting on the floor. New WRRC Director Alyssa Gurney says she knows she has her work cut out for her.
Gurney says the WRRC has had its ups and downs with campus visibility and she has plans to change that. “I was a freshman last year and I had no idea about it. I feel like I’m starting from scratch,” said Gurney.
Some of Gurney’s plans include placing a sign by the EOU Bookstore and keeping the WRRC office open for longer hours during the spring term. Also in the works is a newly updated Facebook and Orgsync presence.
Gurney says the WRRC provides women off-campus resource referrals to such places as Shelter from the Storm and the Center for Human Development. Although EOU Student Health provides pregnancy testing, home pregnancy tests are available from the WRRC.
The WRRC has an extensive book library with everything from English literature to woman’s issues. They’re currently trying to partner with the Pierce Library for even more book resources.
Gurney says the WRRC is planning monthly events for next year to maintain a higher profile within the campus and La Grande community. “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes”, an event in which men don high heels and walk a mile to raise awareness of violence against women may be in the works.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Gurney is working with Shelter from the Storm, a local domestic abuse shelter, to raise awareness of the issue. The WRRC is also holding its annual book sale at Hoke 309 in April.
Gurney wants campus women to know the WRRC offers women a place they can feel safe and comfortable. “We want to let women know we have people here supporting them.”