The Human Services Resource Center provides direct service, outreach, education, and referral services to Oregon State University students focused on alleviating the effects of hunger, poverty, and other human needs. HSRC creates a dynamic learning environment in which students, faculty, staff, and the community can learn how to meet the current societal challenges facing college students.
OSU Students will have the ability to pursue higher education without the hindrance of hunger, poverty, and other related human needs.
- All OSU students have the right to respect, dignity, and compassion.
- All OSU students should have access to resources that meet human needs, and access to resources beyond the classroom that will help students focus their participation in the educational experience.
- Engaging students in leadership, professional development and practicum opportunities produce a higher caliber graduate ready to meet the multifaceted challenges facing society.
HSRC's learning outcomes for students working in the office are:
- Gain professional and administrative skills through immersion in a functional office environment.
- Develop a sense of understanding of poverty as a cross-cutting diversity issue with its own unique set of student experiences, culture, and outcomes.
- Increase critical thinking and problem-solving skills through individual and team responsibilities.
- Practice multiple forms of communication through presenting, writing, networking, and providing peer-to-peer assistance.
Staff working in HSRC gain real-world experience through participation in a functional office setting. Each staff member does a self-assessment prior to the start of work, including a goal-setting activity that is share with the team and HSRC Coordinator. Throughout the year the goals are re-assessed and evaluated. HSRC staff participate in in-service trainings focused on but not limited to, communication skills, multicultural competency, career evaluation and goals, human services, and supporting others in crisis.
- 100% of staff members leaving HSRC reported increases in: gains in professional skills, eveloping a greater sense of poverty and its impats, critical-thinking skills, and the ability to communicate effectively with individuals different from themselves.
- Student staffer Holly Rawlings developed the presentation, "So you want to start a campus food pantry?" Presented at the NASPA Region V conference along with Clare Cady.
- HSRC was host site to two undergraduate interns, one graduate intern, and one intern from the workforce preparation program.
- HSRC developed a training "menu" ranging from five minute info drive-bys to half- and full-day immersion trainings on HSRC, student poverty, and other issues regarding class/socioeconomic status/economic issues.
Education and Outreach
- HSRC student staff increased outreach hours by 30%.
- HSRC developed and implemented two annual events to be replicated in the 2013-2014 school year.
- HSRC established two new off-campus partnerships through an MOU with the Linn-Benton Food Share, joining the Corvallis Food Security Workgroup through the United Way, and offering an on campus SNAP application program with the Department of Human Services.
- HSRC created a presentation and training "menu" focused on providing tailored outreach and education regarding issues of poverty, hunger, homelessness, and food insecurity.
- HSRC partnered with Michigan State University to found the College and University Food Bank Alliance, (CUFBA), connecting campus-based food banks and pantries in a national digital community.
- HSRC was chosen as a host site for an AmeriCorps VISTA member for the 2013-2014 academic year.
- HSRC Coordinator, Clare Cady, published the article Discussing Poverty as a Student issue: Making a Case for Student Human Services in the Journal of College and Character, in August 2012.
- HSRC partnered with UHDS to put on "Iron Chef McNary," a friendly cooking competition aimed at raising awareness around food insecurity as a campus and community issue.
- HSRC deepened the partnership with Childcare & Family Resources and Veterans' Resources, creating the SR3 team.
- 188 Volunteers
- 980 Volunteer Hours
- 1,083 Households served at the Food Pantry
- 2,583 Clients served at the Food Pantry
- $11,830 Donations Raised
- $200,000 Awarded in Student Assistance