Vol. 6, No.1
Katrina Bell McDonald, an associate professor of sociology in Arts and Sciences, has been appointed associate dean for multicultural affairs, a new position housed within the Office of the Dean of Student Life.
McDonald's appointment coincides with the creation of a Multicultural Center that will provide space and programming support for student groups such as the Black Student Union (BSU), OLÉ, and the Inter-Asian Council. While the BSU has maintained a physical location in one of the freshman residence halls for decades, none of the other multicultural student groups currently have space of their own. Dean of Student Life Susan Boswell says the new center will allow the university to provide a broader range of multicultural services and activities to the student community. "This will become a very visible and important facility on this campus," Boswell says. "Symbolically, the new center represents the university's commitment to all students and our value of multiculturalism and diversity."
"Symbolically, the new center represents the university's commitment to all students and our value of multiculturalism and diversity."
— Susan Boswell Dean of Student Life
Initially, the Multicultural Center will be housed on the first floor of the Homewood Apartments building at 3003 N. Charles Street until its permanent home a few blocks to the north is made ready. The building at 3505 N. Charles Street—now occupied by the History of Science and Technology Department that will move into the renovated Gilman Hall in 2010—has been identified as the best location for the Multicultural Center. It sits in close proximity to a large concentration of student residence halls and the Interfaith Center, with room inside for office, programming, study, and social spaces, as well as storage for the student groups. The university has launched a $3-million fundraising campaign for the building's renovation and program support.
McDonald reports to Boswell and oversees the new center. Her appointment as a dean will allow her to play a much broader role in the university community and strengthen student involvement in this area, Boswell says. McDonald, who was the second black female ever to be awarded tenure in Arts and Sciences or the Whiting School of Engineering, teaches courses on the African-American family and contemporary race relations. Her current research involves contemporary marriage among native black, African, and Caribbean couples. McDonald will continue to teach and conduct research, splitting her time between her new role and the Department of Sociology.
The School of Arts and Sciences announced three other significant appointments this summer:
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