ISU faculty, students excited about multicultural center coming to campus

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NORMAL (WEEK) — After years of planning, Illinois State University announced it will bring a multicultural center to campus by fall 2020.

The center will be located at 301 S. Main Street, a building the university currently owns and will have meeting and event rooms, a full kitchen and a meditation room for students to use.

ISU Spanish Club advisor Marinelly Castillo said this center is something the campus population has been advocating for since she was a graduate student many years ago.

“I will say that a multicultural center is like a dream come true. I hope that for those students, minority students can find a safe place on campus where they can go and use it as a resource on campus,” Castillo said.

With many of the university’s 400 student organizations catering to diversity, the center will serve as a place for them to meet.

“Speaking on freshman specifically they always talk about having a culture shock. So by going to the multicultural center they’re going to feel more at home,” Association of Latinx American Students Treasuer Arturo Lopez said.

Many public universities in the country already have places for their diverse populations. So, before deciding what one would look like at ISU, their administration created a task force to craft a vision for their own multicultural center.

”That’s why it was so important to get input from a number of different groups so that we can hear what other groups, students, faculty, staff, what they would like to see put into this. That was all taken into consideration when we were putting this together,” ISU Media Relations Coordinator Eric Jome said.
Lopez, an ISU junior, said many times students at predominantly white institutions can feel out of place and this was a major reason student leaders pushed for a center to be brought to ISU.
“There are not that many people that look like us you know? So having more people come to campus and say ‘oh I look like you, you and you’ it’s going to bring more people to campus and diversify it,” he said.
Stephanie Rodriguez

Stephanie Rodriguez

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