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October 2008

Release Date: Oct. 2, 2008ASU Logo

ASU Opens New Multicultural Center

Angelo State University has opened its new Multicultural and Community Relations Center in a temporary location in the Houston Harte University Center.

Tasked with recruiting and retaining under-represented and minority students, the new center is currently housed in Room 106 of the University Center, but will move into a much larger facility when renovations of the Hardeman Building are completed in 2010. The center is headed by Joe Munoz, assistant to the president for multicultural and community affairs.

“Just opening up the center is important,” Munoz said. “Right now, this is really more like an office, but we wanted to get the students acclimated that we will have a true Multicultural Center and it will be located in the Hardeman Building. We are trying to let students know we are here and it’s also a headquarters for all the programs we are doing.”

One of the major goals of the center is to help Angelo State achieve Hispanic Serving Institute status, which would allow ASU to apply for millions of dollars in federal grant funding for the entire university. Another major effort is recruiting students from the Region 15 area, which includes 43 school districts in a region bordered by San Angelo, Brownwood and Del Rio.

Currently, the center also oversees the university’s Up and Coming Scholars, Mother Daughter, and First Generation Student programs. Multicultural magazines and literature are available in the center and its staff also helps set up new organizations for under-represented and minority students.

Future efforts will include multicultural awareness education programs for ASU faculty and staff. A comprehensive Web page on all the center’s programs is also under construction.

Other center staff members include Flor Madero, program coordinator; Adriana Balcorta, program specialist; graduate student assistant Hope Garza; and student worker Elizabeth Lujan.

For more information on the new Multicultural and Community Relations Center, call 942-2729.