Resilient Independent Student Association (RISA)



Resilient Independent Student Association (RISA)

Who We Are

The Resilient Independent Student Association (RISA) was established to serve and to support students that are former foster youth, former orphans, emancipated youth, homeless youth, as well as other non-traditional students.

What We Do

We strive to support, encourage, and uplift members of our organization and our community in order to foster an attitude of success and achievement, as well as involve students in outreach, awareness, and advocacy. Members and faculty advisors work to support students academically, personally, and socially as well as easing transitions involved in university life. Our goals are to:

  • Provide a community of support among students with similar backgrounds
  • Promote campus awareness of non-traditional student challenges and successes
  • Provide access to tools to foster student success
  • Participate in outreach opportunities for incoming students

Upcoming RISA Events

  • Meeting: Friday, September 30th at 4PM in Killian Annex 136
  • Pizza Party: Tuesday, October 25th at 7PM at Home Base
  • Holiday Dinner: Thursday, December 8th at 6PM at Home Base (confirmed)
    • If you plan to attend, please RSVP to no later than Thursday, December 1st. 

RISA Resources

Scholarship Information

Home Base

WCU has partnered with Baptist Children's Home to open Home Base for RISA students! Home Base is a building that is being beautifully renovated on campus to be used for RISA programming as well as other student outreach services. Home Base is located to the right of the Cullowhee baptist church parking lot across from Tuck's. Home Base will be officially opening in January of 2017 but it is currently open between 8AM and 5PM for students to visit. 

Get Involved with RISA

Contact our officers for more information on RISA:


 Email us at if you are interested in becoming involved with RISA either as a student, mentor, or otherwise!


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