Pedroso Center Settles into New Space
Just in time for the start of the 2011-2012 academic year, the Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs (APCDIA) moved into a newly renovated space, located in Room B 159. The new space features offices, conference rooms and a lounge that includes a library and the latest media technology. The University community was invited to tour the space at an open house on September 8 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Earlier in the summer, on June 8, the University celebrated the opening of this new space with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Sharon Hahs, president; Lawrence Frank, provost and vice president, academic affairs; Murrell Duster, associate vice president and dean for intercultural affairs; and directors in the center were joined by guests Angelina Pedroso, associate professor emerita, foreign languages and literatures; NEIU Board Chair Carlos Azcoitia; Board Members Jin Lee and Marvin Garcia; and Illinois State Representative Toni Berrios (B.A. '06 Board of Governors).
The Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs has been established to foster intercultural awareness, inclusiveness and respect for all cultures through educational and co-curricular programs and initiatives.
"The center will bring together NEIU students, faculty, staff, and members of the community to celebrate individual differences and promote dialogue," said Duster.
The APCDIA will house:
- Latino Resource Center
- African/African American Resource Center
- Asian/Global Resource Center
"While programs and services have been created for these specific cultures, the APCDIA is not limited to ethnic and racial diversity; it welcomes students of all nationalities, religions, gender, sexual orientation, abilities, classes, and more," said Duster.
The project was made possible through support from Sen. Iris Martinez, who is an alumna of NEIU. As a member of the Illinois General Assembly, Martinez helped Northeastern secure funding for the center.
Martinez said, "Being the most diverse public university in the Midwest, NEIU deserved to have an intercultural center. In particular, I am excited that we finally have a Latino Resource Center."