Multicultural Lounge and Black Students' Resource Library
Origins & Mission Statement
The Pan African Action Committee (PAAC) is the organization that initiated the process of creating a Multicultural Center. The group began looking for a space last year in February as part of their 10 Points Program. It was in April that they received confirmation from the Honors College that the center could be located in the honors building. PAAC has been preparing the space since.
According to the university website, Texas State first opened its doors to African American students in 1963 following court ordered desegregation. Georgia Hoodye Cheatham, Helen Jackson Franks, Gloria Odoms Powell, Dana J. Smith and Mabeleen Washington Wozniak were the first African American women to attend the university. These women will be honored in the Multicultural Center.
Now over 50 years later, African American and Hispanic students make up 44 percent of Texas State enrollment (found in the University Demographics). As stated on the Texas State website, the university was designated a Hispanic Serving Institution in 2011. Yet prior to the creation of this Multicultural Center, Texas State did not have any specific haven for minority students.
The LBJ Student Center will be undergoing renovations, which include plans for a multicultural center. But this could take three to four years to complete. Students in PAAC wanted to bring an immediate, more functional space for minorities on campus.
The opening of the Multicultural Center will allow students of different ethnicities to have access to an environment that is their own.
Monday - Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm
- Students, faculty or staff wishing to use the Multicultural Lounge for meetings or special events must contact the Honors College at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Requests for events held 8am-5pm must be open to the public.
- Registered student organizations may request a reservation for an event held after 5pm during fall and spring.