Title

Era Bell Thompson Multicultural Center officially re-opens its doors in the UND Memorial Union

Authors

Amy Halvorson

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-14-2015

Abstract

Era Bell Thompson Multicultural Center officially re-opens its doors in the UND Memorial Union

The welcome sign is up!

On Monday, Jan. 12, University of North Dakota’s The Era Bell Thompson Multicultural Center hosted an open house to showcase its new location and all of the resources it offers to students.

Malika Carter, director of the Center, said a steady flow of faculty, students and staff throughout the open house celebration was a very positive and an encouraging sign.

The celebration was on the same day as the spring semester’s new-student orientation in order to provide “a place for people of color and their parents to come and check out,” said Carter.

Due to their recent move, the Center is still a work I progress and minor details are still being tweaked.

One challenge the Center is facing is making its services more visible to students so they know what to ask for.

Carter compared going to school to playing a game, “if you don’t know what’s available for you to help you win, you can’t win the game.”

Carter also stressed that the Center is glad every time anyone comes in, because even if they just came in for the free printing, they may overhear a conversation that could change their life, or perhaps they can interact with peers whom they may not have met otherwise.

Along with providing academic assistance for students, the Center also works to help celebrate multiculturalism and provide assistance for multicultural organizations throughout campus that otherwise may lack the resources to do it.

“This Center is about empowering students and helping them capitalize on opportunities,” said Carter.

Amy Halvorson University & Public Affairs student writer

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