Launch of the Multicultural Center

Students, faculty, staff, and alumnae/i participated in two days of festivities commemorating the launch of the Multicultural Center in January. The center is a multipurpose space that offers advocacy, programming, and resources related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Creation of a multicultural center was one of ten demands brought forward by student leaders in 2015.

“This moment is truly groundbreaking,” said Nasyria Taylor ’19, President of the Black Student Organization, who cut the ribbon, above, at the January 30 ceremony. “I hope the center will be a hub for students of color on campus and that all of us find a sense of community in the space. This center is the representation of the struggles of underrepresented people. This is where we are centered.”

The speaking program also included remarks by President Helen Drinan; Lisa Smith-McQueenie, Assistant Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion; Noha Elmohands, Director of Multicultural Student Affairs; Morgan Ward ’16, former President of the Black Student Organization (BSO); and Celina Fernando ’19, from the Like Minds Coalition. Lisa Smith-McQueenie was honored with the first annual Multicultural Community Award for her commitment to equity work at Simmons.

The Center hosted an open house on January 31. The Multicultural Center is located across from the bookstore on the lower level of the Main College Building.