Campus: CSU Channel Islands -- February 27, 2004
California State University Channel Islands To Open
Multicultural and Women's & Gender Center
California State University Channel Islands will open its Multicultural and
Women's & Gender Center at a special ceremony on Monday, March 8, from 3:00
to 6:00 p.m. The student-run center will serve as a space for students to meet
and discuss issues of multiculturalism and gender identity. The opening
ceremony will serve as the kick off event for the California State University
Channel Islands International Week Celebration, which runs March 8 through 12.
Initiated by CSUCI students and funded by Associated Student fees, the
Multicultural and Women's & Gender Center will heighten the awareness,
understanding, and appreciation of various issues of diversity and gender
equity for the entire CSUCI community. Various programs will be sponsored
through the center, which will also contain a library and a common meeting
place. The center will occupy space in the east wing of the Bell Tower
building on campus. Planning for various speakers and workshops has
"The Multicultural and Women's & Gender Center is something that the students
have been working on since CSUCI's first semester," comments Rebecca Glazier,
CSUCI Student Body President. "Because our University is so new, our efforts
are setting a precedent and showing our commitment to issues of race and
gender. We made the center a priority because we want the identity we create
for CSUCI to be a positive one. We are very excited that our efforts to
establish the center are finally coming to fruition."
Associate Professor of English and Chair of the Academic Senate Renny
Christopher adds: "This center will serve as a home base for programs and
events which will help the University continue to develop a campus environment
which welcomes all forms of diversity and provides a safe and supportive
working and learning environment for all students, faculty, and staff. I
think this is a momentous occasion for us, one which demonstrates our
commitment to equity."
Speakers at the ceremony will include President Richard R. Rush, Vice
President for Student Affairs Wm. Gregory Sawyer, Associate Professor of
English and Chair of the Academic Senate Renny Christopher, and CSUCI
Student Body President Rebecca Glazier. There will also be a Chumash blessing.
For more information, contact Lisette Rodriguez, EOP and outreach
coordinator, at (805) 437-8923.
Media Contact: Peggy Hinz, 805-437-8415