Multicultural Center has open house

Kori Siebert, Staff Writer

Wayne State’s Multicultural Center opened its doors to all students and faculty for an open house on Thursday.

Junior Andrea Thompson said MCC built a room in the lower Student Center, so the open house was a way of showing it was open to everyone.

“Interfaith Action Group had a display going through the room to promote people to come in here,” said Thompson Interfaith Action Group, Latinos Uniting, Native American Student Alliance, PRIDE, International Club, Peer Educators Network and Black Student Association are all the clubs that fall under the Multicultural Center.

“We’ve done some events together,” said junior Shelby Wallick. “At the end of the year we usually have a barbecue that usually involves everyone.”

Wallick got involved with the Multicultural Center through a project in the educational program, though they no longer require that project, Wallick is still involving herself in the MCC.

“I am always interested in what’s going on in the Multicultural Center,” said former professor, Catherine Rudin. “I used to be a member of the international club back when it was a student and faculty club.”

Rudin retired a few months ago from Wayne State but said she likes to attend the multicultural events to see what’s going on. She used to teach linguistics, languages, foreign language methods and dance.

“I mostly come to support,” said Rudin.

Every year the Multicultural Center holds a dinner and Rudin has been a part of the entertainment for some of the past dinners. Some of her students have participated in the meal, she has sung and participated in the mariachi ensemble at the dinner the previous year.

“My favorite part of the Multicultural Center,” said Thompson. “Is all the friends you make, because you can become really close when you’re in the Multicultural Center.”

“One of my friends was involved in the Multicultural Center and she recruited me to be in it,” said Thompson. She now holds three office positions out of the seven clubs associated with the multicultural center.

“It’s nice to see a cultural diversity in Wayne,” said Rudin. “My favorite part is the students, all the international students and the students born and raised in Nebraska who take part in the multicultural activities”

Quinneka Lee, adviser of Black Student Association, said that some students have a misconception about who can join, but the organization is for everyone.

For more information about the Multicultural Center or how to get involved students can contact Charlette Kissi Afare, graduate assistant of multicultural programs, or visit the Kanter Student Center, room 11.