A new look on diversity at UVa-Wise

WISE, Va.- The University of Virginia’s College at Wise Multicultural Center is changing the way students and faculty see diversity on campus.

The Multicultural Center had its grand opening ceremony on Oct.2. on the third floor of the library. The event featured several speakers including UVa-Wise Chancellor Donna Henry,Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Jewell Worley and Multicultural Center Intern Vallen Ellis.MultiCultural center pic - Karina Rufino

Four months later the center has been busy preparing events for Black History Month. On Jan.30 the center took six UVa-Wise students and two faculty members to The University of Virginia to participate in the 2019 Community MLK Celebration. Ellis is working with other organizations to create events for Black History Month.

One event that Ellis is excited about is the “I’m not my hair” event on Wed., Feb. 27, which will talk about different types of hair based on all different races.

Ellis says she wants to see the center prosper.

“I would like for it to grow, for more students to come by and for different groups and clubs to be more active here.” said Ellis.

Students can come in and do homework, clubs are able to rent the space for meetings, and even encourages professors to hold lectures.

For more information on upcoming events check the Multicultural Center’s Instagram and Twitter.

Clubs and organizations interested in renting the space for meetings can contact Ellis at vee4d@uvawise.edu.

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