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Developing Leaders

Exterior of the Center for Multicultural Student Leadership and Engagement

Elkin Hall’s first floor was renovated at a cost of $2.7 million to accommodate IUP’s new multicultural center.

Melissa Checo-Hichez

At a ribbon-cutting ceremony in January, Melissa Checo-Hichez—one of two student speakers along with Jevon Graham-Wooten—said she hopes the center will be a “home away from home” for students.

IUP’s Center for Multicultural Student Leadership and Engagement officially opened in January on Elkin Hall’s newly renovated first floor. The center brings to one location a range of campus services related to culture, identity, and diversity.

Designed with input from students and alumni, it provides office space for student organizations, private meeting areas, a multipurpose room, and a dance studio. The new center replaces IUP’s Center for Student Life and African American Cultural Center.

MCSLE ribbon-cutting ceremony

The center’s director, Theo Turner ’95, M’98, described the facility as “100 percent for the students” and a place where they can “develop into the leaders we want them to be when they leave.”