Multicultural Center Anniversary

Community Diversity and Inclusion
More than 10 years ago, a petition was written and signed by students, faculty and staff at the University who had a vision for the creation of “a place for the community to come together, connect and merge while still celebrating their differences.”

On Nov. 3, 2000, after much negotiation and dialogue, that vision resulted in the opening of the University’s Multicultural Center, which will be celebrated in a ceremony at 4 p.m. Saturday, in the Campus Diversity and Inclusion space on the first floor of the Hunsaker University Center.

The event is free and open to the public.

University President James Appleton, Char Burgess, vice president and dean of student life, students and alumni will speak at the ceremony, which will also celebrate the fifth anniversary of the University’s Pride Center.

Redlands’ Multicultural Center has gone “from strength to strength, becoming all that was envisioned more than 10 years ago. Now the Multicultural Center represents a place of sanctuary, a space in which information and ideas are exchanged, a workplace for student interns and the locus for varied programming across campus,” according to Leela MadhavaRau, associate dean of Campus Diversity & Inclusion.

The Pride Center, which began as a student initiative, serves as an educational resource center for those who wish to acquire more information on LGBT topics. The center is home to the PRIDE Alliance (People Representing Individuality, Diversity and Equality) and Safe Space Allies.

For information about this event or these centers, contact Leela MadhavaRau at or 909-748-8285.

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