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The new vending machine offers bonnets, durags, hair oils, styling gel and edge control.
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WIU Introduces Pilot Vending Machine Program for Underrepresented Students

October 31, 2022

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MACOMB, IL - - As Western Illinois University continues to explore opportunities to offer a variety of products on campus, the University is introducing a vending pilot program on the WIU Macomb campus to distribute hair care products for underrepresented students.

The vending machine, currently located inside the west entrance of the Multicultural Center, offers bonnets, durags, hair oils, styling gel and edge control. Students can pay with cash or credit card.

"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.

If the machine is utilized and the pilot program is considered successful, WIU will install an additional machine on campus.

"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," said WIU Executive Director of Auxiliary Services and Risk Management Joe Roselieb. "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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