New Space Aims to Promote Diversity, Support Minorities

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Written by Muleskinner Staff

By LEAH WANKUM
For the Muleskinner

(WARRENSBURG, Mo., digitalBURG) — It doesn’t have an official name yet, but a new multicultural center is the university’s next step toward diversity and inclusivity. Located on the third floor on the north side of the Elliott Student Union, the center is under construction and is expected to open sometime mid-fall.

Tara Napoleone, UCM’s Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity and Success coordinator, said the purpose of the student-focused center is to change the campus culture to be more inclusive and supportive of minority groups.

PHOTOS BY BRANDON BOWMAN/PHOTOGRAPHER The new multicultural center will be located on the third floor on the north side of the elliot Student Union. The center will provide office, meeting and lounge spaces for multicultural student organizations.
PHOTOS BY BRANDON BOWMAN/PHOTOGRAPHER
The new multicultural center will be located on the third floor on the north side of the elliot Student Union. The center will provide office, meeting and lounge spaces for multicultural student organizations.

“The end goal would be to change the culture as far as more diversity across campus, more groups involved, equal access for everybody,” Napoleone said. “We want to diversify staff and faculty as well… It’s so multifaceted that I don’t want it to be pinpointed on one specific thing.”

Napoleone said the center will cater to multicultural student organizations and provide spaces for storage, offices and meetings, as well as features for programming and education that focus on diverse concepts.

PHOTO BY BRANDON BOWMAN/PHOTOGRAPHER Renovated areas and new furniture will be available for meeting and conferences for multicultural student organizations.
PHOTO BY BRANDON BOWMAN/PHOTOGRAPHER
Renovated areas and new furniture will be available for meeting and conferences for multicultural student organizations.

For more information about the multicultural center, contact the UCM Office of Mentoring, Advocacy and Peer Support at 660-543-4156 and ask for Tara Napoleone, IDEAS coordinator.