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In the middle of Kansas State University’s sesquicentennial celebration, K-State Libraries is celebrating an anniversary of its own.

Libraries staff and patrons recently commemorated the 40th anniversary of the Dow Center for Multicultural and Community Studies, one of the first such centers to be established among K-State’s peer institutions. The center, now funded by an endowment established in 2001 from the Dow Chemical Company, expanded its name this year to reflect a broader form of diversity in the community.

“We renamed the center to reflect the fact that our thinking about multiculturalism has evolved,” said Lori Goetsch, dean of K-State Libraries. “It will continue to reflect racial and ethnic diversity as it always has, but we’re starting to think about the other types of diversity we have on campus as well, such as international or LGBT populations. We want to capture those community groups that folks might not consider multicultural but are definitely represented on campus.”

Located on the fourth floor of Hale Library, the Dow Center for Multicultural and Community Studies offers easy access to diversity-related resources in order to encourage understanding, awareness and mutual respect in the community.

Along with the Dow Center rededication and expansion, K-State Libraries used private donations from the Dean’s Excellence Fund to revitalize and digitally reproduce the “We are the Dream” mural, a multicultural work of art created by K-State students and faculty 33 years ago.

“It’s always been important to us and the multicultural groups on campus, so we invested in cleaning and repairing it for preservation purposes,” Goetsch said. “Personal and corporate donor funding is essential to the libraries’ ability to go the extra mile in meeting our mission as a learning hub that elevates academic success at K-State.”

If you are interested in supporting K-State Libraries, you can make a gift to the Dean’s Excellence Fund.

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