Come ‘Explore the Second Floor’

Cultural centers are a vital part of college life, yet many are unaware of their role.

The Board of Governors, which controls space allocation in Coffman Union, asked students to weigh in on a plan based on complaints from the Student Services Fees Committee. I was horrified by the thought, as I feared the cultural centers that have acted as a second home for me were going to be replaced âÄî not by other cultural centers but by a “generalized resource center.”

The community of cultural centers on the second floor has sheltered me. I met some of my closest friends on this floor. From a place to pray to a place to print and everything in between, these centers changed my life. I want everyone to see what I saw, feel what I felt, and know how amazing these centers are.

Out of my horror at the boardâÄôs plan and my pride in the cultural centers, the “Explore the Second Floor” event was born.

This semesterâÄôs Explore the Second Floor is today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is part of a bigger, more organized effort.

Visitors are encouraged to pick up a passport and tour the floor. Each center will stamp your passport after giving you a taste of what itâÄôs all about. Look around and experience a little of what the centers have to offer. There will be free food and activities in each room. Those who have their passports stamped in every cultural center will be entered in a raffle for larger prizes.

The second floor cultural centers are just one part of a larger issue of underfunding minorities.

While the board is considering maintaining the same percentage of space for the cultural centers in the remodel scheduled for summer 2012, there is still a long road ahead. The next step is ensuring the cultural centers are given fair representation in the process.

We encourage everyone to visit the second floor at any time; weâÄôre always happy to see new faces and hear new voices on these issues.