New Student Space Unites Campus

 

Raffi Berberian | The Bucknellian
The newly renovated spaces in the Elaine Langone Center, formally known as the IEA Center, recently opened this week. Faculty, extracurriculars, and students alike have access to these spots.

Sara Blair Matthews
News Editor

Construction on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center has finished, and the Intercultural Equity and Advocacy (IEA) Center held a tour to show off their new office to alumni, former IEA members and administrators. The event was part of the IEA’s celebration of their 25th anniversary at the University. A coffee and tea mingle session was held in the Center Room from 3:30-4:30 p.m., the tour was held from 4:45-5:30 p.m. and a mission reception followed from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Raffi Berberian | The Bucknellian
The lounge in the new IEA space featuring a flat screen television and frosted glass wall for more student privacy.

Multicultural Student Services (MSS), International Student Services (ISS), the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) and the associate dean of diversity, Thomas Alexander, are moving to this new space. The space is at the back of the student hearth space, which used to be the site of the University’s bookstore.

“It is important to clarify that the staffing for all these offices has not changed, just the space,” Vincent Stephens, director of Multicultural Student Services said.

Stephens thinks the furniture will likely arrive in December and believes the desks will be here even sooner. The IEA will be moving their offices over the first few days of Winter Break after finals have ended.

“[I think] it will be more visible, and more students will hopefully use the space, its offices and the directors. I am excited about it,” Jewish Chaplain Serena Fujita said.

“It is amazing to see its transformation,” a former director of the IEA said. “It used to be just a thought, and I can’t believe how much that idea has evolved. I’m blown away.”

 

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