A vending machine offering hair care products for underrepresented students is now available in Western Illinois University’s Multicultural Center. It provides bonnets, durags, hair oils, styling gel and edge control, all available by using cash or a credit card. If this vending machine pilot program is successful, another machine will be installed on campus. "The awareness of, and visible support for, different needs is important. We are certain the students appreciate and value the added options and convenience this brings," said WIU Acting Director of the Multicultural Center and Interim Director of Justice, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Carl Ervin.

"It is our hope that we can establish another vending machine on the Macomb campus, as well as look for other types of machines and products that appeal to our diverse University community," WIU Executive Director of Auxiliary Services and Risk Management Joe Roselieb told University News. "In addition, in this phase of the program, we have worked closely with Rosalind Lewis of RND Vending, who is a small business owner. This is a great collaboration and we are excited to see it offered to our students."

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