WGRC Provides Safe Space for Students
In its second year of operation, the Otterbein's Women's and Gender Resource Center (WGRC) has become an important organizational hub for student organizations and campus initiatives that are centered on women's, gender and GLTBQ issues.
Supported by both Academic Affairs and Student Affairs, the WGRC provides the Otterbein community with dedicated public meeting space, regular and relevant programming, and collaborative student leadership opportunities.
This year, the WGRC has added another service: a peer-staffed resource and referral line. The WGRC is staffed with 13 peer advocates, who have been extensively trained to offer confidential support to women, GLBTQ students, and survivors of sexual violence of any gender.
The WGRC’s peer advocates are an important first resource for Otterbein students in distress. They can provide immediate emotional support and guidance in a safe, non-judgmental space, as well as help connect students with Otterbein resources that can offer further assistance.
“There aren’t many schools that use students in this way,” said Dr. Tammy Birk, director of the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program, faculty advisor to the WGRC and assistant professor of English. “This is a safe, confidential and easy-to-access form of help on campus.”
WGRC peer advocates are available every day from 4 p.m. to midnight (please use the door off Cochran Alley). No appointment is necessary. Peer advocates also staff a 24-hour helpline at 614.823.1028.