An Historical Overview, 1986-2012
1982 - Bucknell institutes a part-time Minority Student Counselor.
1984 - May 1984 Bucknell forms The University Committee on Sexism and Racism.
1985 - Spring 1985 a “talk-on,” featuring a Black Student Manifesto, inspires creation of a Multiculture Center.
1985 - May 1985- The University Committee on Sexism and Racism completes its report on racism. According to The Bucknellian the report notes that the Advisor in the Office of Minority and Foreign Students “has been considered an integral means of devising and implementing programs to retain black students. However the committee feels that in the future the programs of the Office must be given greater resources and restructured” (“Racism problems considered,” May 3, 1985).
1985 - Student Vernese Edghill (’87) receives a Dana Scholarship to complete an independent study on the possibility for a center at Bucknell. Vernese presents findings to President Gary Sojka in November 1985 and collects ~500 signatures supporting the creation of a center (“No extra funds for cultural center given,” The Bucknellian, September 26, 1986).
1986 - Multiculture Center opens on the second floor of Roberts Hall on October 8, 1986. Prominent poet Sonia Sanchez speaks and reads poetry at the opening. Eventually an educational programming component is added and the Center becomes the Office of Minority Student Development and Multicultural Programs.
1991 - The Office is renamed the Multicultural Center.
1994 - After being housed in Roberts Hall since 1986 the Center relocates to the second floor of Taylor Hall.
1999 - The Center moves to the Elaine Langone Center, which includes the loss of lounge space
2001 - (Fall) The Center is renamed The Office of Multicultural Affairs
2003 - Multicultural Affairs is renamed Multicultural Student Services
December 2006 - The Cultural Center, including MSS and International Student Services, relocates to Vedder Hall.
November 2011 - Susan Lantz, Dean of Students, announces that a new shared space for diversity offices will open on the first floor of the ELC in the 2012-13 school year.
October 2012 - MSS celebrates its roots at the “MiSSion Ongoing: Celebrating 25+ years of Multicultural Student Services” reception which features reflections from Vernese Edghill, Gary Sojka, Bucknell Alumni Jackie Cooke, Harvey Edwards and Ed Robinson and previous MSS Directors and Coordinators.
December 2012 - All four Intercultural Equity & Advocacy (IEA) offices move into the ELC. MSS, ISS, the Women’s Resource Center and the Associate Dean for Diversity move to the new center and the LGBT Awareness Office moves to the 3rd floor of the ELC.