Women's Resource Handbook: A Practical Guide to Kalamazoo College and the City at Large
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If this handbook had been in print when I was starting my first year at Kalamazoo College, I would have felt better equipped exploring my new "home." I relied on word of mouth and trial-and-error to find places I was comfortable with such as coffee houses, book stores, and health clinics. While this worked for me, it may be difficult for other women to do the same. As a woman, I felt that a handbook was necessary for other women to have in order for them to know what Kalamazoo has to offer. The need for a resource handbook is high because many women on Kalamazoo College's campus do not know what our campus and the surrounding city have to offer. Coming to a new city, a new state, or even a new country, can be very overwhelming. Placing yourself in a new situation, especially going away to college, leaving family and friends, and starting a new life all in a matter of days may leave one feeling very displaced and lost. Leaving K's campus and going into town should be fun, although if one does not know her way around, it can be frustrating. This handbook tries to give women ~ general id~a of their new home, places that might be of interest, and at the same time gives them the opportunity to branch out and leave campus. This handbook came about because of The Task Force on Violence Against Women that was established in the winter of 1999. The idea for a handbook for women was raised, and the opportunity to be a part of the making was too great to pass up. The Task Force thought that a resource book would be a great way to get information out to students, to give women an objective outlook on what Kalamazoo has to offer from a female perspective. Women should find this book helpful, although this is only a starting point. The Women's Resource Center has information that is available to every student at K. The Progressive Organization for Women is also a great resource for women who want to know what activities are going on not only on campus but also in Kalamazoo. The women in the organization can also be a great support system if needed. Professors are also useful resources and can help address questions and concerns as best as they can. What is important to remember is that K is your school, and the faculty and staff are here for you.