Northeastern Illinois University will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of the Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs on Monday, Nov. 24.
The ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. in the courtyard outside of the Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs in Building B on the main campus, 5500 N. St. Louis Ave., Chicago. Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to charity.
After three years serving the University’s diverse student population, the center is growing to include the women’s resource center and LGBTQA resource center, which currently are housed in separate offices.
The project also will create additional programing space for students, a gender-inclusive restroom and a lactation room. The majority of construction inside the Pedroso Center will occur during late spring and early summer to allow for minimal disruption. The project is expected to be completed prior to the fall 2015 semester.
“The expansion of our multicultural center is important as we strive to support both women-identified and LGBTQA students,” said Vice President for Student Affairs Frank Ross. “These programs and services will enhance our students’ success and advance intercultural awareness, inclusivity and social justice.”
The Pedroso Center seeks to engage all students at Northeastern to create and sustain a culture of inclusivity across the boundaries of culture, sexual orientation, gender, and other social identities.