The Black Student Task Force of University Of Oregon and The Success of Their Demands

Construction planning for the UO’s new Black Cultural Center is underway now that fundraising has passed the halfway mark of $1.5 million, thanks to several major gifts and a big boost from a grassroots fundraising campaign.

“This new center will create a dedicated place for social and academic engagement that black students have requested and they need,” Schill said. “It will also help improve the UO’s ability to recruit and retain black students, faculty, and staff, and create new opportunities for the greater community. We are thrilled to receive the generous support that is helping to make this project a reality.”

The new center is planned for East 15th Avenue near Villard Street at an estimated cost of $3 million. Kevin Marbury, the university’s interim vice president for student life, announced that Architecture Building Culture of Portland, known as ABC, will be the project architects.

The Black Cultural Center was one of 13 demands that were delivered by the Black Student Task Force in 2015. Actions implemented by the UO include the creation of the Umoja Academic Residential Center, the creation of an African American Opportunities Program, accelerated efforts to recruit African-American students to the university, and the hiring of African-American faculty members, including the launching of a new African-American studies cluster in the College of Arts and Sciences. Read Full article at

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