University of Oregon Seeking Nominations for Naming of Its New Black Cultural Center

The University of Oregon is seeking nominations for the naming of its new Black Cultural Center. The new center is scheduled to open prior to the fall 2019 semester. It will serve as a home base for academic and social activities of Black students and a place where other students and visitors can learn about the Black student experience at the University of Oregon. Additionally, the center will host exhibits and programs about African American heritage and culture.

The creation of a Black Cultural Center arose out of a demand made by the Black Student Task Force following a 2016 demonstration. The $3 million construction, which should be completed by the end of August, was funded entirely by donors, including Nancy and Dave Petrone, who gave an initial gift of $1 million. The center’s programing will be funded through an allocation of the Presidential Fund for Excellence.

“We are excited to be at this stage of the process, to consider all the individuals who have in some way made an impact on our state, on our campus, and in particular, on the lives of our Black students,” said Kevin Marbury, vice president for student life.

Nominations for the naming of the new center must be received by June 19. A committee of students, faculty members, and staff will then forward three suggestions to university president Michael H. Schill for consideration. Anyone wishing to submit a nomination can do so here.

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