Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center promotes inclusion and diversity in a bold way
Department: Division of Student Affairs
The Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center (ESFCC) officially opened its doors last September on the Pullman campus. Nestled on the corner of Stadium Way and Spokane Street, it welcomes visitors to campus in an iconic way.
Unique features of the Cultural Center include a meditation pavilion that provides a quiet and reflective space, three wood burning fire pits used as a traditional salmon bake area, an outdoor patio adorned with plaques of the multicultural Greek organizations that have been or are currently part of WSU, and a demonstration kitchen that groups use to prepare their own meals. You can view some pictures of the Cultural Center here.
The Living Room is the primary gathering space and has been witness to a number of events since its grand opening. Here are some examples.
In late September, the ESFCC hosted Hilario Chi Canul, a Mayan and Spanish linguist, for a poetry reading and discussion with attendees. It was sponsored by the Language, Literacy & Technology Program in the College of Education and Native American Programs.
The Cultural Center was also home to the UndocuQueer Conference in October, a joint effort between the Gender Identity/Expression Sexual Orientation Resource Center, Multicultural Student Services, and the Crimson Group. Over 100 participants from WSU and the general community attended.
October proved to be busy as WSU also recognized National Cyber-Security Awareness Month. Information Technology Services hosted the #CyberAware Summit in the ESFCC, which was live-streamed to all WSU campuses. The event featured several different speakers addressing cybersecurity issues throughout the day.
Shaping High School Asian Pacific Islanders for the Next Generation (SHAPING) kicked-off its conference in the ESFCC. This event encourages students of Asian-American/Pacific Islander heritage to pursue higher education. This annual event on the Pullman campus addresses the needs of higher education among the Asian-American/Pacific Islander community while fostering leadership development for current students.
December saw the end of the fall semester and the Multicultural Student Services Fall Graduation Ceremony packed the house to celebrate the accomplishments of our Coug graduates.
These are just a handful of events the ESFCC hosted during its first semester of operation. As you can see, it is quickly becoming a popular venue on campus. The Cultural Center staff is excited this unique facility is part of the Pullman campus and is thrilled to provide a venue that promotes inclusion and diversity in a bold way.