The transformation into a relaxing haven was finally complete for room 65 of Appleby Hall on Sept. 17. Tree decals now adorn the walls and sky and cloud stickers cover the fluorescent lights, casting a soft glow on this nature-esque sanctuary complete with bowl chairs and a small fountain. The new study/lounge area is for students to unwind, hang out, do homework, and interact with Women’s Center staff.
Before its move to Appleby five years ago, the Women’s Center was located in a now-demolished building on campus. There, they had more space and a lounge. Staff feels a lounge is an essential part of the effect and purpose of a Women’s Center.
“This is a really exciting progression for us. Just the fact that we are able to physically open our doors, in the same way we do metaphorically to ideas, now we actually have a hub for it,” said Bronwyn Miller, Program Coordinator at the Women’s Center.
“We want to increase presence among all students, and not just have a good space for particular students, but everyone,” said Miller. “Everyone is welcome to come and learn about gender equity and Women’s Centers in general.”
The lounge is meant for a safe place to study, but also it is a good place for students to ask questions and get informal coaching and advising. One of the goals of the lounge is to create awareness by teaching students about Women’s Centers.
“We worked really diligently to consider each piece of that lounge, exactly what we wanted it to be and not be, and I’m really proud of how it’s come together,” Miller said.
The Lounge is located in 65 Appleby Hall and is open 8am–5pm Monday–Friday. Come check it out!
Also on Thursday the 17th was the debut and reception for the fall AHA! Gallery. This fall the Women’s Center presents Ink, a collection of work by undergraduate students Adelaide Rose and Grace Welch. Though both artists use the common medium of ink, their work encompasses a myriad of experiences, identities, and perspectives. Inspired by subjects ranging from mental health, family, and body politics, these two undergraduate artists present a joint showcase of their lives as women.
Artist Adelaide Rose & Artist Grace Welch