By: Leah Jackson
Northwestern State University held a ribbon cutting to mark the opening of its Center for Inclusion and Diversity. The Center is located in Room 220 of the Student Union and will provide resources, educational programming and opportunities for inclusion for students.
“The Center grew out of request from students to create a more inclusive NSU,” said Frances Conine, dean of students. “We are responsive to our students who have asked for this.”
The Center will lead efforts to survey and analyze feelings on diversity and inclusivity at NSU and provide related opportunities to learn and engage in the student experience and in academia, Conine said.
“The recent Week of Listening at Northwestern focused on hearing concerns of marginalized groups in our community. Students, faculty and staff attended group meetings during the week to explore issues about inclusivity at Northwestern,” Conine said.
A faculty member will work with the Dean of Students Office to maintain the center and direct programming suggested by the steering committee.
“One of the greatest strengths of Northwestern State is our diversity,” said NSU President Dr. Jim Henderson. “We come together to learn to be prepared for life after the university.”