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March 31, 2017

Update from Multicultural Student Center planning group

Submitted by Multicultural Student Center planning group

The planning group has continued to learn about the work and research that has been previously collected, and are reviewing additional materials that share how other universities have approached similar efforts.

As a committee, the group considered how best to collect broad input from campus to meet its charge, specifically, "to work with our students and the campus community to define uses and outcomes for the space." The group looks to hear from student groups, faculty and staff groups and departments, as well as individuals, and is designing a two-step online survey process which they aim to approve at the next meeting and activate directly following. The group is eager to hear from everyone as they work to prepare the vision, purpose statement, and plan for a center that "advances student success, diversity, inclusion, and social justice" for the campus community.

"I am honored to be part of a group that values diversity and the well-being of a multicultural environment at K-State," said Hector Martinez, graduate student in architecture. "As part of the Multicultural Student Center committee, I feel an obligation to serve as an ambassador to the Latino and Hispanic community on campus and future students as well. I hope that despite a long and uphill battle our efforts will result in a product that is distinguishable and endorses the unique characteristic of family at K-State."

"This is an exciting time to be a part of the Multicultural Student Center committee," said Be Stoney, associate professor of curriculum and instruction. "To understand the importance and the need for the center, it should serve as a catalyst for dedicated space to promote a sense of community, nationalities, and various identities. "As a committee, our conversations have included multiple perspectives, deep conversations, and honest dialogue regarding the center's identity and how the building will benefit the university and students.”

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