This is what the new Multicultural Student Center could look like, K-State says

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A rendering of the Multicultural Student Center from the northeast. The center will be located on the east side of the K-State Student Union. (Courtesy Photo by K-State)

Earlier this week, the Office of Student life released new concept graphics to show what the upcoming Multicultural Student Center will look like at Kansas State University.

“We’ve actually had the images since about a week before spring break,” said Trumanue Lindsey, director of diversity and multicultural student affairs. “We decided to wait to release the images until after spring break, since all the students will be back.”

The new center will feature a variety of rooms, including “gathering, meeting and performance practice spaces, student and multicultural student organization group spaces, a kitchen, office spaces, a prayer/meditation room and additional core support spaces.”

“The project action team was formed a few years prior to now,” Lindsey said. “The team formed focus groups and gathered recommendations from current and former K-State students when deciding what types of features and rooms to include.”

The renderings show that everything included in the proposed room list will be available in the completed building.

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An interior view of the kitchen on the second floor of the Multicultural Student Center. (Courtesy Photo by K-State)

“We wanted to include plenty of space for the multicultural organizations and student groups across campus,” Lindsey said.

On the ground level, there will be office spaces for diversity and multicultural student affairs staff, a large meeting space for organizations and student clubs to use and/or reserve for activities, meetings, rehearsals and more.

“A lot of student and multicultural organizations run into problems with reserving meeting and rehearsal spaces,” Lindsey said. “We wanted to help make things more accessible for them while creating the new multicultural center.”

Construction of the Multicultural Student Center is anticipated to begin this summer, but there is still an additional $1.2 million needed in fundraising money.

“If all goes well with fundraising and weather permitting, we should be groundbreaking July 15, 2019,” Lindsey said. “The goal is to have the building finished by the fall of 2020.”

The building will be named after Jim Bob Morris, a K-State graduate of Cherokee descent. Morris is the lead donor on the project.

The building will be located on the east side of the K-State Student Union.

To see all the graphic renderings, visit the Multicultural Student Center’s page on K-State.edu.

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