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K-State completes Morris Family Multicultural Student Center

MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) – Kansas State University celebrates the completion of the Morris Family Multicultural Student Center.

Kansas State University says long-held dreams came true at the Morris Family Multicultural Student Center ribbon cutting.

“Today we celebrate another milestone at K-State with the completion of the Morris Family Multicultural Student Center,” said Richard Myers, president of Kansas State University. “This modern new facility symbolizes K-State’s leading efforts to build unity and understanding of cultures on campus.”

According to K-State, on Friday, November 20, he held a virtual groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the building’s completion.

K-State said the center is for all students and is a hub for cross-cultural learning and cultural enrichment. He said it was one of two stand-alone Big 12 multicultural student centers.

“This center should be a bridge to bring people together, not separate them,” said Jim Bob Morris, lead donor to the Morris Family Multicultural Student Center. “There are major inequalities there where people have to jump over major hurdles. We want to remove these barriers and help these people succeed by building a bridge between their hopes and desires and their reality, which they can then choose to cross.

According to the university, the building is nearly 13,000 square feet, three stories high, freestanding, and sits immediately east of the Student Union with entrances from Mid-Campus Drive and from inside The union. He said the $6.4 million center was privately funded in partnership with the Kansas State University Foundation.

K-State said the center is home to more than 40 multicultural student organizations and provides students and organizations with collaborative spaces, meeting rooms, prayer and meditation spaces, and a practice room. He said a community kitchen is a distinctive feature that brings diverse people together to celebrate the rich histories, heritage and traditions around food and culture.

“The building itself is a symbol of belonging to the diverse community on campus,” said Rachel “Annie” Cortes, a Pittsburgh elementary school senior and president of the Asian American Student Union. “I can’t even begin to imagine its impact once we start hosting events, hosting meetings, sharing our cultures, and overall leaving our mark here at Kansas State University that will be visible. for generations to come. I really appreciate the thought that has been put into what would normally be overlooked, like ensuring as much natural light as possible. A major feature that stood out to me was the efficient use of space, with each area having its purpose. It is clear that the building was constructed with the students’ wants and needs in mind.

According to K-State, in addition, multicultural students and cross-cultural learning staff will have offices in the building.

“One of the main goals of the Multicultural Center Project Action Team was to maximize the footprint of the space and center its function around student use,” said Adrian Rodriguez, Vice President partner for student life and project manager for the centre. “Only a few desks have been designed for members of the Multicultural Student Affairs team who work directly with multicultural student groups and cross-cultural learning for our entire campus community.”

“This facility is a long-standing aspiration for K-State,” said Greg Willems, President and CEO of the KSU Foundation. “Its integration with the K-State Student Union will allow this special space to serve as an access point for all students to engage in important conversations about diversity and inclusion. We are especially proud to have achieved this goal 100% through philanthropy and are grateful for the generosity of the K-State family towards this initiative. »

K-State said the Morris Family Multicultural Student Center will be open to students at the start of the spring semester. He said additional signings and events for students to celebrate the opening will be planned for the spring semester.

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