AmeriCorps Student Resource Center Campus Snapshot: University of Akron
Meet Kayla Perry, OCC’s AmeriCorps member at the University of Akron. Kayla started her service at UA in fall 2019. She is helping her campus expand the programming of their ZipAssist initiative, which is designed to is meant to “serves as a central information hub, intentionally designed to share available resources, and provide support and assistance to help students be successful at The University of Akron.”
At the University of Akron, I primarily support and maintain the sustainability of the Campus Cupboard program, sponsored through the Student Advocacy office known as ZipAssist.
At the beginning of my service year, I was collecting and gathering research for the director and my site supervisor on best practices with running a campus cupboard based off of other institutional models that are close to UA’s demographics, population size, and urban setting. From that point, I pitched ideas to my director and supervisor that could be implemented in our process and operation of the program and so far we have collaborated on establishing these initiatives:
- Created online orders that students can request for a “Zip Care Package”, to expand outreach while respecting a student’s dignity
- Developed a point system that sets perimeters, so each individual has equal and fair opportunities to access basic needs
- Edited/added more qualitative tracking devices both in the virtual and physical sense to reflect the impact the program is having on students and the contributions of donors and campus partners
Interested in bringing the AmeriCorps Student Resource Center to your campus? Please consider serving as a host site for the 2020-21 program year. Ohio Campus Compact is accepting host site inquiries through March 13, 2020.
Questions about the SRC program? Contact Stephanie Dodd, Program Director for the AmeriCorps SRC program.