Multicultural Center celebrates 25 years of service

BLOOMSBURG— The Multicultural Center at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a reception on Thursday, Jan. 31, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Multicultural Center, Kehr Union Building, room 230.

The Multicultural Center was established in 1994 and seeks to provide a distinct level of programming and educational services that address the specific challenges and issues faced by historically underrepresented individuals and groups at Bloomsburg University.

Maddy Rodriguez, Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, knows the center plays a big role in the life of the university.

“The Multicultural Center is the ‘home away from home’ where many students come, visit and be themselves,” says Rodriguez. “For the campus as a whole, the Multicultural Center has brought the topic of diversity and inclusion to the forefront and is woven into the Bloomsburg University fabric. I often hear from students that it is a resource and a voice of advocacy for all students on campus.”

At the dedication of the Multicultural Center in 1994, keynote speaker Byron Wiley said, “This center is a public commitment by Bloomsburg University, a declaration of what is important to the university. It is not an ending, but a beginning.”

The Multicultural Center is responsible for multiple large-scale events on campus, including the Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative banquet, Annual Breast Cancer 5k Run/Walk, the Sankofa Conference, Latino Extravaganza, and First World graduation ceremonies.

The reception is just the first event planned for the anniversary. “We are working to organize an event where we can reconnect with alumni and continue celebrating our 25 years of service to the campus community,” Rodriguez says.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,900 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.