Oregon State University celebrated the grand opening of its newest cultural center in late October. The Ettihad Cultural Center is a resource for students who have a cultural or ethnic background in central and southwestern Asia and northern Africa, as well as for those who are interested in learning more about these regions and their cultures.
The Ettihad center joins four established cultural centers that have either recently moved into new facilities or are in the process of building new centers. The Native American Longhouse, Eena Haws and the Centro Cultural César Chávez are already complete; the Asian and Pacific Cultural Center and the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center are under construction and should be completed by the end of the school year.
University leadership, under the direction of President Ed Ray, has shown both a philosophical and financial commitment to providing home-away-from-home spaces for underrepresented students on campus, as well as places where students from other cultures can learn more about people of different backgrounds.