The Holmes Cultural Diversity Center at Mississippi State University now has an expanded space in the Colvard Student Union. The center has almost doubled its space to a total of 3,475 square feet.
The center was founded in 1989 and supports 11 student organizations that promote diversity and inclusion. The center is named after Richard E. Holmes, who was the first Black student at the university. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1969 and went on to earn a medical doctorate at Michigan State University.
Mississippi State University President Mark E. Keenum stated that “this space shows our great desire and passion for diversity, inclusion, tolerance and safety for all of our students here at Mississippi State. That’s what this center represents. We want to have a richness of diversity, people from different walks of life, different cultures, different backgrounds and different ideals. That’s what makes our university really strong. I’m proud that we have the most diverse university in the Southeastern Conference and the most diverse university among all the land-grant universities nationwide.”