GPSA allocates money for kids’ science day

Children items, meditation area available to students; senators organize mental health training



The GPSA university affairs committee organized a mental health first aid training for graduate students from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 28.

MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen roots editor

A representative from the WSU Women*s Center spoke to GPSA senators about resources available for students. Senators also approved to fund $1,000 for the Kids Science and Engineering Day.

Women*s Center 

Iris Alatorre, WSU Women*s Center program coordinator, said the center provides free items for students at WSU including children’s clothing, diapers, toys and food from Rosario’s Place. 

“We keep the name [Women*s Center] because of the historical background it has, but it is inclusive to everyone,” she said. 

Tomyia Wallace, Women*s Center main office assistant, said the center offers a space for lactating mothers. The center also offers a space for meditation and napping, which is called the Lavender Room. 

The Women*s Center is located in Wilson-Short Hall in the basement.

The center organized several events for International Women’s Day on March 8. The events can be found on their website

The programs include a gallery from the Student Entertainment Board titled, “We Dream With A Feminist Future.” Another exhibit titled “Strong Female Leads in Literature and Film,” which will be held in the Terrell Library Atrium. 

Kids Science and Engineering Day

GPSA Senator Ayumi Manawadu presented a funding request of $1,000 to help sponsor the annual Kids Science and Engineering Day (KSED). Senators approved the request. 

The event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 28 at the Smith Center for Undergraduate Education.

The GPSA funds will go toward purchasing food and t-shirts for the expected 300 volunteers, Manawadu said. The total budget for the event is $7,500. 

KSED started 11 years ago. She said in 2015, there were 110 children who attended the event. Last year there were 250 children attendees. 

Other sponsors of the event include ASWSU, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Society of Women Engineers and Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, she said. 

The event costs $5 per child and $10 per family of two or more children, Manawadu said.

“You know how hard it is to teach kids,” she said. “You need to know the subject so you can make it so simple so that kids understand.”

Mental health training

The GPSA university affairs committee organized a mental health first aid training for graduate students from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 28. 

Kristen Johnson, GPSA chair of university affairs, said students need to register on CampusLabs before March 13. 

This is the first time GPSA has organized a mental health training through Cougar Health Services, she said. 

“This is a great resource for students because some of us are teaching assistants and need to know how to recognize mental health struggles in students and ourselves,” Johnson said.