UW-Eau Claire is happy to announce the opening of a new student resource, a space called the Latinx Cultural Center, located in Hibbard 801 in the space formerly known as the Hibbard Penthouse, on the eighth floor of Hibbard Hall. On Feb. 19 from noon-2 p.m., students, faculty and staff are invited to check out the center, mingle and speak to staff from the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) about the ways in which this new resource can be enjoyed by the campus community.
Diana Zarate, OMA associate student services coordinator, has been instrumental in bringing this new center to campus, and is happy to unveil the space to students and all of campus, acknowledging that the physical space is still "a work in progress" to some degree.
"We are excited to finally have a space for students and the greater Latinx community to come together and support each other," Zarate said. "While there is still work remaining to make the space complete, we look forward to seeing these changes occur to make the center a home for our students. As the Latinx student population continuously increases on campus with each year, we find it very important to dedicate a space for the growth, representation and support of Latinx individuals. Our students have the desire to feel included within the campus culture, and this cultural center will do just that by providing a space for them to come together and be their authentic selves."
More details about this cultural center, along with student reaction, will be coming in a report about the open house, but OMA is proud to announce this opportunity to gather and celebrate the opening of this highly anticipated student space.
"I am overjoyed to have the Latinx Cultural Center on campus, which was a result of the effort of so many faculty, staff and students," said OMA director Dang Yang. "We are excited to invite the campus and the community to join us for this open house event, not only to celebrate the space, but also to celebrate all the people involved in making this possible."