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MCC Open House Jan. 23

January 15, 2020

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MACOMB, IL – Members of the Western Illinois University and local communities are invited to attend the WIU Multicultural Center Spring Open House from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23.

The open house will provide opportunities to tour the center, learn about the resources and programming offered at the MCC, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and meet staff and students involved with the MCC and its organizations (Casa Latina Cultural Center, Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center, LGBT*QA Resource Center and the Women's Center), including MCC Program Coordinator Carl Ervin and Events Administrator Jerome Halsey, who joined the MCC leadership team Dec. 16.

"The MCC is a hub for diversity, inclusion, unity and equity, not only for our campus, but for our local communities as well," Ervin said. "We welcome everyone to join us on Jan. 23 to learn what we can provide and how we can work together to enhance the student experience at WIU.

Refreshments will be served, and student organizations will host a variety of performances throughout the event.

"The open house is an opportunity for the WIU community to see first-hand what the MCC offers, get to know everyone and to have a good time in a great environment," Halsey said.

In addition, the Campus Compact will provide information on the upcoming U.S. Census and job opportunities.

"We look forward to seeing everyone, and showcasing the importance of the MCC and our student organizations," added Paul Copeland, LGBT*QA Resource Center graduate assistant.

The student-funded center, which opened in August 2009, is the first building on the WIU-Macomb campus to be built under green standards, and is the first WIU facility to receive LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Certification.

During the open house, Facilities Management Deputy Director Ted Renner will present information on the building's green standards. The 14,000-square-foot center features a grass roof, geothermal heating and cooling system, energy-efficient lighting and use of recycled materials, including bamboo flooring. Renner will also provide building tours.

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