The RISE Center: Resources for Inclusion, Support, and Empowerment aims to build an equitable and inclusive campus environment for all students. Additionally, the center is a support service for students from traditionally underrepresented and underserved backgrounds, such as students from minoritized ethnic/racial groups, students with disabilities, first-generation college students (those who are the first in their family to attend/graduate from college), undocumented students, and members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) community.
Through promoting the values of equity, justice, and empowerment, the RISE Center seeks to create an equitable and inclusive campus environment where all students may succeed academically and personally.
The RISE Center strives to fulfill its mission through advocacy, education, and a variety of support services which promote the personal and academic success of LWTech students.
A welcoming space for students to relax, do schoolwork, and build community.
The RISE Center has a small collection of books on topics related to social justice issues and personal narratives from authors of diverse cultural backgrounds and identities. Current LWTech students may check out books from the RISE Center library free of charge.
LWTech has a dedicated Meditation Room for students to engage in individual meditation, prayer, and quiet reflection. The room is located in Technology Center, T118.
As a supplement to classroom learning, the RISE Center hosts quarterly workshops and events to build the intercultural competency skills of the student body, celebrate diversity, and enhance the student experience. Examples include affinity lunch hours, graduation award ceremonies, and LGBTQ+ Allyship trainings.
In the RISE Center, students can search through a binder with general scholarship resources, as well as information on identity-specific scholarships (i.e., scholarships for women, students of color, LGBTQ+ students, etc.).
At times, navigating college life can be stressful and students may need someone to talk to for support and guidance. The RISE Center full-time staff can meet with students one-on-one to provide general advising that is sensitive to students’ unique needs, while connecting them to resources on-campus and off-campus.