ansas State University has secured more than $2.7 million for the multicultural center project, a substantial step in advancing student success, diversity, inclusion and social justice.

Since last fall at the inaugural KSUnite event, where the multicultural center project was prioritized, a university site team has turned ideas and thoughts into action.

“In less than a year, we’ve made tremendous progress,” said President Richard Myers. “The multicultural center will be a place for students, faculty and staff to learn from each other as well as serve as a symbol of how K-Staters work hard together to accomplish great things.”

The Multicultural Center Project Action Team, a 28-member team of students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, KSU Foundation and community representatives, provided recommendations to the president’s cabinet on the facility’s use, location and design. The team proposes a 14,300-square-foot facility adjacent to the K-State Student Union.

The center’s central location will help fulfill the vision of a place where all people can unite for a better K-State,” said Pat Bosco, vice president for student life and dean of students.

The action team’s recommendations include a welcome area; gathering, meeting and performance practice space; student and multicultural student organization group spaces; a kitchen; office space; and core support space, such as lactation room and student organization storage space.

The action team has been working with Albert Ray II, a 1993 Kansas State University graduate in architecture, planning and design and employee at Hollis + Miller Architects in Kansas City, for guidance. The KSU Foundation approved funding to contract with Hollis + Miller Architect for the preliminary design and specifications, which is expected by January 2019. The university will present the project for building approval to the Kansas Board of Regents in November.

The university will start construction once a minimum fundraising threshold has been surpassed. The multicultural center project will be funded completely by private gifts.

“The fundraising thus far is a significant step in making the center a reality,” said Greg Willems, KSU Foundation president and CEO. “The KSU Foundation will continue fundraising efforts once the project rendering is complete with space details and can be used to share an accurate description of the facility and its impact at K-State.”

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