Focus on Schools: KSU’s New Multicultural Student Center
Schools In Focus is a podcast dedicated to the design, planning and management of educational institutions and campuses. Hear editor Yvonne Marquez chat with industry experts, facility managers, architects, safety and security professionals and other thought leaders. Find previous episodes here.
Today’s episode is about Kansas State University’s new multicultural student center.
Focus on Schools Episode 9: KSU’s New Multicultural Student Center
Kansas State University opened a brand new building last month. The Morris Family Multicultural Student Center is a space for campus organizations to advance student diversity, social justice, and inclusion. The team of architects and designers behind the project was mostly made up of women.
In this episode of Schools In Focus, I spoke to Ishita Banerjii, Project Architect at Hollis + Miller, to talk about the new Multicultural Student Center. The building includes various gathering spaces such as dance studios, meeting rooms and a commercial kitchen.
We discuss the vision behind the center, how the team incorporated feedback from many student groups, and the importance of having a multicultural student center on the Midwest campus.
“Long term, KSU sees this as an opportunity to grow enrollment on campus,” Banerjii says. “Being in the Midwest, it’s hard to say how welcoming they are to the multicultural community or the diversity on campus. Essentially, they see this as an opportunity to reach students who would not consider KSU solely for its location or the possibility of being accepted or not on campus.
Listen for more about the new building.
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Yvonne Marquez is editor-in-chief of Spaces4Learning. She can be reached at [email protected].