Errington: State approves funding for Ball State Multicultural Center

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INDIANAPOLIS – State Rep. Sue Errington (D-Muncie) announced today that officials have given final approval for Ball State University to proceed with construction of a new multicultural center.

Errington said members of the State Budget Committee approved the $4 million project during the group’s business meeting at the Statehouse. Construction on the facility is expected to begin later this year at a site located central to campus, with work to be done by next summer.

“The current Multicultural Center is located in a home on the southeast edge of campus,” Errington said. “That building is simply too small and too far off the beaten track to serve the needs of a culturally diverse student population. The new facility will cover more than 10,500 square feet that will include a coffee shop, cafe, offices, and plenty of space for students to meet.

“A university should pride itself on making sure that all people are welcome,” she continued. “A Multicultural Center of the type being approved today will provide many opportunities for people of different genders, races and ethnicities to come together, share their experiences, and views of the world. I am pleased to see that the Budget Committee is so willing to help Ball State meet this admirable goal.”

The project will be financed through operating fund reserves.

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