The Student Multicultural Center opened several months ago. It will host an open house Wednesday.

COURTESY PHOTO: TROY LINDELL - Pacific University opened a multicultural center at the start of the school year.Pacific University's Student Multicultural Center will host an open house Wednesday, March 14 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Pacific University community is invited to attend the event to learn more about the center, which opened at the start of the 2017-18 academic year.

For students and alumni of color, the opening of the Student Multicultural Center represented the fulfillment of a long-held desire, said Narcedalia Rodriguez, Pacific's new chief equity diversity inclusion officer.

"We want the entire Pacific community to know the Student Multicultural Center exists. We'd like people to come to the open house, contribute ideas and maybe even consider volunteering at the center," Rodriguez said.

The open house will feature a ribbon-cutting ceremony, as well as beverages and light appetizers. It will also showcase the center's past activities — such as an October 2017 vigil for the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which offered temporary legal status to undocumented immigrants — and planned future events.

Open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, the Student Multicultural Center is a place where students can relax, study, socialize, exchange ideas and even pray, Rodriguez said. It's also a place to get information on institutes and other centers at Pacific University, student associations and other resources.

Registered student organizations can reserve the center at no charge for meetings and events. Student organizations may also use the center as office space.

The Student Multicultural Center is located in Scott Hall (Room 106/107) on the Forest Grove campus, 2043 College Way.

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