Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion Centers Expand to Serve More Students

Thursday, December 09, 2021

UNCW’s Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion units have undergone major renovations over the past year to better support students.

Expansion of Centro Hispano and the Upperman African American Cultural Center started over the summer and extended into the fall semester. Centro is now located in the former student media space in Fisher University Union. At the same time, Upperman added square footage from the former Centro office area and La Sala to its existing space on the second floor of Fisher University Union.

The Mohin-Scholz LGBTQIA Resource Office underwent an expansion in summer 2020. The project was funded by a major gift commitment from John Scholz ’84 and his spouse, Dr. Anil Mohin.

“As our institution strives to create a campus where students feel a deep sense of belonging, we know that cultural centers can inspire such belonging, particularly for students who historically feel disenfranchised,” said Interim Chief Diversity Officer Donyell Roseboro. “With the expansion of space for both Upperman and Centro Hispano, staff are now able to offer more opportunities for students to collaborate with faculty and staff, to make connections between coursework and students’ lived experiences. Students are now better able to use the space to organize across and between affinity groups and to engage in educational programming that builds bridges across groups.”

The units’ expansion projects created space for student meetings, conference room areas and office space for staff. In total, the OIDI units increased from 3,160 total square feet to 6,223 square feet. 

In 2020, the centers celebrated milestone anniversaries. The Mohin-Scholz LGBTQIA Resource Office, Centro Hispano and the Upperman African American Cultural Center were founded 10,15 and 25 years ago, respectively. The centers plan to host an open house in spring 2022 once renovations are completed.

-- Venita Jenkins