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New Diversity Center
strengthens PLU’s commitment to multiculturalism and an inclusive
TO DIVERSITY: Eva Frey ’95, associate director for
students, staff and faculty from different racial, ethnic, social
and religious backgrounds is a cornerstone of PLU’s mission. But
some minority students have been wanting a place they can call
Center opened on the lower level of the University Center this
fall. It replaces the tiny office in the Student Leadership and
Involvement office that the Multicultural Resource Center used
to occupy. With some departments changing locations, space opened
next door to the coffee shop, allowing expansion.
The new center
is designed to enhance PLU’s commitment to having a welcoming,
PLU’s commitment to diversity and PLU’s mission and dedication
to multiculturalism,” said Eva Frey ’95, associate director for
multicultural affairs. “We want to provide a sense of ownership.
If you are a student in an underrepresented group, we need to
create an environment that is welcoming and inclusive to you.”
having a dedicated diversity center will help draw and keep students
of color. It has long been a goal to have a larger, more permanent
“If you want
to attract students to a place, you can’t just show them an office,”
said LeAnne Jones, ASPLU’s diversity director.
allows more room for the increasingly diverse groups on campus
to meet. Organized groups now include: the Korean Club, Hawaii
Club, Asian Pacific Islander Club, B.L.A.C.K.@PLU, Puentes for
Latino students, Harmony for supporters of gay and lesbian students,
the Feminist Student Union, the Diversity Coalition, Norwegian
and other international student groups and social activists.
the university’s four diversity advocates— students chosen to
provide leadership support and resources to students—will have
more room to work.
“It will provide
a specific, dedicated space for collaboration and cooperation
with other campus organizations,” Frey said.
Center intends to work closely with other groups like the Women’s
Center and International Programs. The university seeks to cultivate
an inclusive environment that teaches people to see differences
as opportunities to expand their cultural horizons, accept diverse
perspectives as a reflection of the complexity of our world and
recognize the universality of diversity. That includes people
of different ages, physical ability and sexual orientation.
Many new programs
and events were held last year, and the opening of the Diversity
Center promises more exciting and informational activities this
year as well.
to PLU's new Diversity Center and other multicultural resources,