by Grace Hatton, Reverb Editor
New and returning students alike may have seen the signs around campus for the Gender and Relationship center and wondered what exactly is that? Is it RISE? Is it Empower? Is it a combination of both? The answer is none of the above. The Gender and Relationship Center is the name for the space that is now home to both the RISE and the Empower crews.
The Gender and Relationship Center has taken up residency in the basement of Sunderland dorm in the space that used to house the Writing Center (the Writing Center has relocated to the basement of the library). Both crews are continuing to function as before.
“As for RISE we plan to continue all of the awesome work it was doing before,” RISE crew member Morgan Steele said, “including prevention of violence, promotion of healthy sex and relationships, outreach and crisis response, and activism and advocacy surrounding issues of sex and relationships.”
The Empower crew has a mandate that aims to “address the issues of social injustice and inequality on the Warren Wilson campus and within the larger community.”
The Gender and Relationships center currently has an interim director, Megan Letchworth, who supervises RISE. Chaplain and Director of Spiritual Life Brian Ammons supervises the Empower crew. A search committee has been formed to hire a new full time director who will supervise the Gender and Relationships center and thus supervise both crews. One student from the Empower crew, as well as a previous RISE crew member and RISE advocate are on the search committee, “to provide representation from both crews,” according to Letchworth. There is no definite deadline set for hiring the new director. Both crews are currently in the process of creating programs for the new year and settling into their new space.