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Welcome to the 21 Sussex Resource Lounge!

Located just down the street from Robarts, and a few floors above Campus Police, the magical Resource Lounge can be found on the 3rd floor of the 21 Sussex Clubhouse.

I wrote a bit about the my love for the lounge before, after visiting the 21 Sussex Halloween Open House. But this time, the lounge’s Work Study student, Jing, was kind enough to offer more information on the lounge and highlight some of the best spots and materials available.

Resources available to ALL students and staff*

Bulletin Board
Used for: highlighting a different focus each month, providing information and promoting events. Student groups, leaders, and staff can post their upcoming events on the board (must relate to focus of the month).
Contents: Theme of the month, such February’s theme is Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). Related events, and information.
Great for: Learning about different focuses for each month and what’s going on around campus

February's theme is Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI)
February’s theme is Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI)

Grab and Go Kits + Icebreaker Carousel
Available to sign out
Used for: workshops, social events, introductions – getting to know your team mates/peers
Contents: use the binder’s index (on page 2) to find out more about different activities based on categories and themes such as team building, or reflection. There are also handy filters like for groups under 8 people, or no equipment necessary. Icebreakers are sorted alphabetically. When you’ve chosen the one you like, find the corresponding containers and packages for all the necessities for your icebreaker fun!

Icebreakers such as

  • Juggling
  • Lego
  • Playdoh
  • Jenga
  • Colouring kits

Great for: saving money on supplies and saving time and energy thinking about activities and trips to the store

Grab and Go kit binder
use the index inside to find an icebreaker
Icebreaker carousel
Just Grab N’ Go (don’t forget to sign them out)

Die Cut Machine
Available to use within the lounge
Used for: cutting out different shapes and letters for posters, signs, and decorations.
Contents: shape templates and paper is provided in the lounge
Great for: making creative posters and decorations for upcoming events or occasions

Die cut machine
Instructions on how to use equipment are available

Paper cutter
Available to use within the lounge
Used for: cutting smooth straight lines
Contents: paper is provided
Great for: cutting more than one sheet of paper

Available to use within the lounge
Used for: laminating sheets, posters, cards, etc.
Contents: can laminate up to 15 sheets, must buy own sheets after 15
Great for: keeping documents crisp and clean

Paper materials and templates are provided

Express Computer
Available to use within the lounge, 15 min limit
Used for: checking email, printing, browsing

spot the hula hoops

Board Games
Available to sign out
Used for: social events, board game nights
Contents: 20 different types of games, a duffle bag with wheels to help transport games
Great for: saving money on board games, and peer bonding

board game cupboard
Don’t get bored at your next event

Books available to sign out
Contents: Books on student affairs, leadership, mentorship, children’s lit, biographies, etc.
Great for: taking a break from assigned readings, and learning something new

library book shelves
Read ’em and lead!

Charging Station
Contents: cables for iPhones and Android phones
Don’t forget to take your phone when it’s done charging!

Space and Furniture
Contents: a couch, 2 armchairs, table with 4 chairs, lap desks, balcony is open in the summer
Great for: hanging out, relaxing, studying, eating lunch, hosting meetings (can close sliding doors to separate rooms)

couch, arm chairs, and charging station
For when you just need to recharge, you and your phone
sliding doors open to see the table and computers area
hosting a meeting, slide the doors closed for more privacy

The Resource Lounge is open to use Mon to Fri from 10am-3pm, and is staffed on Tuesdays 10-1 and Wednesdays 1-4. During other times, please see Jesse in Room 322 for assistance with resources and equipment.

tea cart
tea time!

Come check out the lounge to discover all the magical space and resources!


*post originally stated resources available to only student leaders and staff, but resources are indeed available to ALL students and staff. I apologize for the error. 

1 comment on “Welcome to the 21 Sussex Resource Lounge!

  1. This concept of resource lounge is something that is needed in a lot of public places to promote this feeling of acceptance. I just hope other people also pick up this idea.

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