The University of Michigan has announced that it will build a new multicultural center in the heart of its campus. The new $10 million center will replace the William Monroe Trotter Multicultural Center, which was located off campus in a former fraternity house.
The new 20,000-square-foot-center will nearly double the space of the current center. The new center will have a multipurpose room that can accommodate 300 people and a 100-seat classroom.
E. Royster Harper, vice president for student life at the University of Michigan, stated that “the idea for a new multicultural center began with students and students have been the driving energy in all our planning.” Dr. Harper has been vice president for student life since 1999. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan and a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.