This spring, Diversity and Cultural Engagement celebrated the new locations of the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center and the Asian and Pacific Cultural Center. Both cultural resource centers held grand openings in their newly constructed facilities in April.
There are a total of four cultural resource centers with new buildings at Oregon State University. The Native American Longhouse moved into a new space in 2013, and the Cesar Chavez Centro Cultural opened its new building in 2014. The construction of the new cultural resource centers was funded through private gifts and university funds.
The original Black Student Union Cultural Center was formed on campus in 1975, and later renamed the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center after the first director of the Educational Opportunities Program, who helped increase recruitment and retention of black students at OSU.
With the spacious new center, staff hopes that more students will discover the center, and they’ll be able to do more collaborative activities with other centers and programs.
The grand opening of the Asian and Pacific Cultural Center’s new facility was also an opportunity to mark the center’s 25th anniversary. The initiative to create the center, formerly known as the Asian Cultural Center, was implemented in the early 1980s and the center was officially established in 1990. The center provides academic, cultural and social programming.
Read this Life@OSU story for more information on the grand opening of the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center.