Understanding, Validating & Healing From Trauma – 3/3 & 3/10

You are invited to participate in a two-part series we will be offering to students in the Wes community regarding personal trauma and substance use on campus.

In the first part, Understanding, Validating & Healing From Trauma, Demetrius Colvin (SRC), Jami Carlacio (ORSL), and September Johnson (WesWell) will speak about various forms of trauma they have encountered and the coping mechanisms- both healthy and unhealthy- that they have used to deal with it. In the second part, Coping and Connecting in Crisis: Substance Use and Self-Care During College, the speakers will share their experience as it relates to substance use (in the family and personally) and again, how they found hope by using effective coping skills and seeking help.

The presentation blends storytelling with professional knowledge and aims to reach students through presenters personal accounts of trauma and substance use. The focus ultimately centers on coping, recovery, and resilience, with the message being that life is messy but/and that we can emerge from it whole when we have the right support and resources.  We ask that you promote these two events with students, staff, and/or faculty you know who may benefit from it, whether as a trauma sufferer/survivor or as a resource for anyone who might need help. To be clear, we hope to start a campus-wide conversation about the increased intensity of challenges facing college students today as they navigate illness, death, isolation, fear, and insecurity due to the pandemic and to the effects of structural racism.

The presentations will be held on:

Wednesday March 3 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Zoom Link: https://tinyurl.com/validatingtrauma

Facebook Link

Wednesday March 10 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Zoom Link: https://tinyurl.com/copingincrisis

Facebook Link

Please reach out to us if you have questions or comments, and thank you in advance for spreading the message.

Sincerely,

Demetrius Colvin, Jami Carlacio, and September Johnson

Love, Violence, and Imagination: Moving from Righteousness to Humanity (Tonight) – 2/22

Join The Resource Center and the SHAPE Office for a workshop, titled Love, Violence, and Imagination: Moving from Righteousness to Humanity, on the importance of healing-centered survivor advocacy that places love, healing, and personal transformation at the core of combatting violence in our communities and in ourselves (Facebook event).  This workshop will be on Zoom (link) on TONIGHT, February 22nd from 6:00pm-7:30pm.  If you have any questions about this event, feel free to reach out to Demetrius Colvin (dcolvin@wesleyan.edu) or Johanna DeBari (jdebari@wesleyan.edu)!

Resource Center Reopens Today – 2/22

The Resource Center will reopen after the Wesleyan quarantine period ends on Monday, February 22nd at 12noon.  Our operational hours for the rest of the semester will be Sunday-Friday from 12pm-8pm.  If you need to check out a book from the RC, you can see what books are available in the library by checking out our catalogue.  You can also check out books from the RC or request a book to be purchased through the FGLI Textbook Fund (even if you are studying remotely- we will ship the book to you).  Visit our website (https://www.wesleyan.edu/resourcecenter/programs.html) for more details.

Also starting this semester, students can reserve a room in the RC (the spare office which contains a large desk, a comfortable office chair, and a clear view of the street outside) for studying, working, and relaxing by using The RC Calendly. If you do not show up within the first 10 minutes of your reservation, the space will be free for anyone’s use.  To claim your time slot, simply check in with an RC employee in the front room before using the space!

Beyond providing academic supplies, The RC staff is eager to continue engaging with the Wesleyan student body on creating meaningful virtual community spaces for underrepresented and marginalized students.  Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to stay in the loop about our programs, initiatives, and opportunities that can benefit you and our community.  Also check out the Black History Month 2021 calendar on Ujamaa’s Instagram for other great programs to attend this month.  If you have an idea for a program or initiative that would help support underrepresented student populations on campus,  please reach out to us therc@wesleyan.edu with your suggestions.

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram!

Resource Center Reopening Spring 2021

Hello Everyone,

The Resource Center is now closed and will reopen after the Wesleyan quarantine period ends on February 22nd.  Our operational hours at that time will be Sunday-Friday from 12pm-8pm.  Although students are not able to physically check out books from the RC during quarantine, they can virtually reserve and check out books by filling out this form.  You can see what books are available in the library by checking out our catalogue.  You can also check out books from the RC or request a book to be purchased through the FGLI Textbook Fund even if you are studying remotely- we will ship the book to you.  Visit our website (https://www.wesleyan.edu/resourcecenter/programs.html) for more details.

Beyond providing academic supplies, The RC staff is eager to continue engaging with the Wesleyan student body on creating meaningful virtual community spaces for underrepresented and marginalized students.  Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to stay in the loop about our programs, initiatives, and opportunities that can benefit you and our community.  Also check out the Black History Month 2021 calendar on Ujamaa’s Instagram for other great programs to attend this month.  If you have an idea for a program or initiative that would help support underrepresented and marginalized student populations on campus,  please reach out to us therc@wesleyan.edu with your suggestions.  I hope you and your families are doing okay and safe travels to everyone returning to campus!

Sincerely,

-Demetrius

DEMETRIUS COLVIN

Director, The Resource Center

Wesleyan University
167 High Street | Middletown, CT 06459
P. (860) 685-3979 | E. dcolvin@wesleyan.edu

Website: https://www.wesleyan.edu/resourcecenter/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/wesresourcecenter/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wesresourcecenter/

Spring 2021 Anti-Racist Reading Group

Hello Everyone,

You are invited to participate in the Spring 2021 Anti-Racist Reading Group for faculty, staff, and students sponsored by the Office for Equity and Inclusion.  My name is Demetrius Colvin and I am the Director of The Resource Center and will facilitate this Spring’s reading of the 3rd edition of Allan G. Johnson’s Power, Privilege, and Difference (link) for the reading group.  The reading group will meet once a week starting the week of Feb. 15th.  If you are interested in participating, please fill out this form by Friday, February 5th so I can get a sense from you all what will be the best time to meet each week for our discussions and if you need any assistance in getting a copy of the reading.  Let me know if you have any follow-up questions or concerns and I look forward to learning and collaborating with you all this semester!

Sincerely,

-Demetrius

DEMETRIUS COLVIN

Director, The Resource Center

Wesleyan University
167 High Street | Middletown, CT 06459
P. (860) 685-3979 | E. dcolvin@wesleyan.edu

Website: https://www.wesleyan.edu/resourcecenter/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/wesresourcecenter/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wesresourcecenter/

 

“Part of the mythology that they’ve been teaching you is that you have no power. Power is not brute force and money; power is in your spirit. Power is in your soul. It is what your ancestors, your old people gave you. Power is in the earth; it is in your relationship to the earth.”            – Winona LaDuke

Drop-In FGLI Support Space

CAPS, in collaboration with The RC Socioeconomic Status and Disability Interns, is happy to offer a FGLI Drop-In Support Space!  This drop in support space was created to provide FGLI students with a space to seek support and voice whatever is on your mind.  Come connect with fellow FGLI students who can possibly relate and CAPS staff who will host the space and provide their support as well.

FGLI students are welcome to access the drop in space regardless the location, that includes remote students!

The FGLI Support Space meets 4:00-5:00pm on Fridays and is on a come-and-go as you please basis. We want students to feel comfortable coming in late or leaving early, CAPS is here for you and the FGLI community.

Recurring zoom link:

https://wesleyan.zoom.us/j/97793677603?pwd=dTNVOSt3SUtXVlBESE8wRFZkQUxGZz09

Meeting ID: 977 9367 7603

Passcode: 437006

Flyer for FGLI Drop-In Hours

WasteNot/Resource Center Appliance Donations

Do you have appliances that are unused? Do you wish there was a way to donate those items?  DONATE HERE

The Resource Center, in collaboration with WasteNot, have organized a donation spreadsheet for Wesleyan students to donate appliances to fellow peers who may not be able to afford appliances (e.g. fridges and microwaves) to live comfortably.

Due to limitations of items donated to WasteNot, ONLY freshmen will be able to have access to the spreadsheet on Friday, Sept 11th.

The spreadsheet will be on a first come- first served basis starting Saturday, Sept 12

Waste Not Want Not Flyer

 

This spreadsheet acts as a medium, meaning that the students are responsible for contacting the individual donor for the item(s) pickup.

  • Students/Staff are allowed to donate more than one item, however please make a new entry for each item
  • When the donated item has been picked up, please change the color of the entry to red or email sfortson@wesleylan.edu or galice@wesleyan.edu
  • The donated item must abide by the university’s fire hazard guidelines, which can be found here.

Please note, if the item is large, consider borrowing a trolley from WesStation

Link to Spreadsheet