Frequently Asked Questions
Questions about the dCenter
Where is the dCenter located?
The dCenter’s physical address is AUC 150 and is located on the lower level of the Anderson University Center near the doors leading to lower campus. We usually are flying flags in our office and in the windows facing the outside. If you’re walking downstairs from the Dining Commons and you’ve gone outside, you’ve gone a tad too far. Turn around, walk seven steps, and turn left. You know you wanted to come hang out with us anyway.
Do I need to be “diverse” to come into the “diversity” center?
No. The dCenter was created as the bastion for inquiry and exploration into issues of diversity and multiculturalism. The questions asked of everyone who enters the dCenter is “What do you bring?” You, whether multicultural are not, are most welcome to explore what you bring here.
Where are all the other flags?
The flags that are up in the dCenter are randomly selected and changed about once a week. We take requests for flags to be hung and ask that you treat the flags hanging in the dCenter with the respect they deserve.
Where does the dCenter end and SIL begin?
That’s a good question. The dCenter, Student Involvement & Leadership, and Residential Life share a common suite of offices/meeting rooms and deciding where one can “come as they are” and where one should be quiet. The key is being respectful of the space and realize that the whole of the suite is used for all, by all, in common. There are two sets of couches, one near the bookshelf and one near the TV. These areas are changeable, but should be put back when finished.
Which items am I able to checkout from the dCenter?
The dCenter owns many books, movies, and operates a Netflix account. All items are for use in the dCenter, save books, which may be checked out through arrangements with a Diversity Advocate or with Angie Hambrick. Movies and Netflix items should never leave the dCenter under any circumstances.
Do I need to be a diversity club to hold a club meeting in the dCenter?
Certainly not! Please check with us to see if we can host you and go ahead and come in.
Can I post information about my club/organization in the dCenter?
Postings must be cleared through a Diversity Advocate or through Angie Hambrick and is on a first come, first served basis.
Multicultural Resource Links
Southern Poverty Law Center
The Southern Poverty Law Center was founded in 1971 as a small civil rights law firm. Today, SPLC is internationally known for its tolerance education programs, its legal victories against white supremacists and its tracking of hate groups. http://www.splcenter.org/
Tolerance.org is a principal online destination for people interested in dismantling bigotry and creating, in hate’s stead, communities that value diversity. If you want to know how to transform yourself, your home, your school, your workplace or your community, Tolerance.org is a place to start — and continue — the journey. http://www.tolerance.org
American Civil Liberties Union
The ACLU is our nation’s prominent civil liberties task force whose mission is to preserve your first amendment rights, our right to equal protection under the law, your right to due process, and your right to privacy. The organization, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit/nonpartisan collective of more than 500,000 members and supporters. They handle nearly 6,000 court cases annually from our offices in almost every state. http://www.aclu.org/
The Anti-Defamation League
The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” They fight anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry in the U.S. and abroad through information, education, legislation, and advocacy. ADL serves as a resource for government, media, law enforcement, educators, and the Public. http://www.adl.org/
Human Rights Campaign
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against GLBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all. http://www.hrc.org
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is the uncompromising national voice for full LGBT equality. The Task Force creates change by building LGBT political power from the ground up. They bolster the strength of local LGBT activism in rural enclaves, small towns and cities nationwide and build grassroots political muscle at every level by training activists, strengthening the infrastructure of local and state allies and organizing broad-based campaigns creating public support for full equality of LGBT people. http://www.thetaskforce.org/
Campus Pride represents the only national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create a safer college environment for LGBT students. The organization is a volunteer-driven network “for” and “by” student leaders. The primary objective of Campus Pride is to develop necessary resources, programs and services to support LGBT and ally students on college campuses across the United States. http://www.campuspride.org/
Public Allies identifies talented young adults from diverse backgrounds and prepares them for careers working for community and social change. Allies serve 10-month, paid apprenticeships at local nonprofits and participate in a rigorous and rewarding leadership development program with a diverse group of peers who are also of and working within their home community. http://publicallies.org/
Did you know that 16 states still had laws banning interracial marriage until 1967? MAVIN strives to be the most comprehensive resource to expand awareness and bring mixed heritage issues to the forefront of the mainstream dialogue. http://www.mavinfoundation.org/new/
For over 30 years, Nikkei Concerns has provided health and related services in a traditional atmosphere to primarily elderly Nikkei (Japanese) in the Pacific Northwest. Over the years, the organization has maintained a distinctly Japanese American identity while welcoming members of diverse ethnic communities. http://www.nikkeiconcerns.org/
El Centro de la Raza
El Centro de la Raza seeks to raise the awareness level of the general public, politicians, business and civic leaders toward the needs of the Chicano/Latino community in the United States and to help the Chicano/Latino community in the Seattle/King County area empower itself. http://www.elcentrodelaraza.com/
United Indians of All Tribes Foundation
United Indians of All Tribes Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization founded in Seattle, Washington in 1970. The mission of United Indians is to foster and sustain a strong sense of identity, tradition, and well-being among the Indian people in the Puget Sound area by promoting their cultural, economic, and social welfare. http://www.unitedindians.com/
DiversityWeb is a group of dedicated higher education professionals devoted to connecting, amplifying and advancing campus diversity work throughout postsecondary education. They are housed within the Office of Diversity, Equity and Global Initiatives at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). http://www.diversityweb.org/