Multicultural Center

Multicultural Center

In the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, we, the directors in the WIU Multicultural Center, which houses the Casa Latina Cultural Center, the Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center, and the Women's Center, believe it is important that the Multicultural Center stands in solidarity with those persons who promote inclusion and kindness and oppose hatred and racism.

As we engage in our unique personal journey of awareness and process our emotions regarding sociopolitical issues, it is imperative that students, faculty, staff, and other university stakeholders are aware that each of the Centers are safe spaces. As an institution of higher learning, we will remain committed to fostering a culture of freedom of speech and assembly. In fact, we support scholarly debate and discussion. However, we will not support violence, assaults, or other unruly behaviors. As advocates for all people, we will continue to be steadfast in supporting our students and all who may benefit from various resources that are available in the Multicultural Center. Through our work, we have a fiduciary responsibility to cultivate a safe and inclusive university community with an emphasis on social justice, cultural development, and mutual understanding of our differences and similarities.

Collectively, our identities transcend just our race, our gender, gender identity or gender expression, our sexual orientation, our ability, our socio-economic status, our religious affiliation, or any other status. We are many identities and all at once. Hate will not be welcome here, in any form, against any identity group. As we affirm our institutional core values of Academic Excellence, Educational Opportunity, Personal Growth and Social Responsibility, we stand ready to engage in the important work that is before us.

In Solidarity,

Rocio Ayard Ochoa, Director
Casa Latina Cultural Center

Michael Williams, Director
Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center

Stephanie Hovsepian, Director
Women's Center

About Us

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The Multicultural Center was officially opened August of 2009, and is located across the street from the University Union. The center is home to the Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center, Casa Latina Cultural Center, and Women's Center. The center is unique in that it is the first building on Western's Macomb campus to be constructed under green standards, including a grass roof. Being located in one central location gives the three centers, Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center, Casa Latina Cultural Center, and the Women's Center, a chance to enhance their goals of educational, social and cultural programs, and resources that will help to focus the campus community's awareness and appreciation of ethnic and gender diversity. In addition to the three areas previously mentioned the Multicultural Center houses the following facilities, which are available and must be reserved in advance through one of the Centers.

Multicultural Center Reservation Request

In order to reserve space in the Multicultural Center, please note the following:

  • Before all requests will be considered, you must contact the Union Scheduling and Event Services to see if the Union has a room available.
  • The Multicultural Center is open Monday-Thursday 8:00am - 7:00pm and Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm.
  • Requests must be submitted at least 10 business days before the date of the event.
  • A committee will use an internal process to review all requests and make final decisions.
  • The person submitting the request will receive a response within 3 business days of the date of submission.
  • If there are questions or concerns about the request or the decision, please email the committee at:
  • Requests for the fall semester will be reviewed on September 1, requests for the spring semester and summer will be reviewed on January 3.
  • If space is being requested for use after hours, a responsible graduate assistant, advisor or staff member must check out the MCC key at the Office of Public Safety in Mowbray Hall and must be in attendance at all times.
Multicultural Center Reservation Form

Use of Space & Equipment

  • If tables and chairs are needed for the event, you must submit a request through Facilities Management as the Multicultural Center does not have staff available to set-up or take-down furniture.
  • Furniture in the Activities Room may be moved. However, it must be moved back to the original layout at the end of the event.
  • If food is served, the spaces used must be cleaned properly and trash disposed of appropriately. This may mean taking large amounts of trash to the dumpsters in the parking lot between the MCC and Seal Hall.
  • A projector screen is available in the Multipurpose Room, but you must provide the projector and computer.
  • If you need any of the above listed equipment that the MCC cannot provide, you may want to schedule your event in the University Union.
  • There are 3 functioning Centers in the MCC and people come and go throughout the building throughout the business day. If you require a quiet space for your event then reserving the Multipurpose Room and/or Activity Room may not be good options for your event.

Spaces & Resources within the MCC

  • Activities Room (9 tables & 36 chairs)
  • Board Room (seats 17)
  • Casa Latina Cultural Center Lounge
  • Computer Lab
  • Conference Room
  • Game Room (pool table, foosball, etc.)
  • GBCC Lounge
  • Kitchen
  • Lactation Room
  • Lawn Space between the MCC & Mowbray Hall
  • Library & Resource Room
  • Multipurpose Room (dance floor & projection screen)
  • Women's Center Lounge