Temple’s New Center for Anti-Racism

Temple University has celebrated the grand opening of the new Center for Anti-Racism. The opening ceremony was on Monday in room 140 of Mazur Hall, the home of the new center.

The Center of Anti-Racism is part of the University’s pursuits to maintain a diverse, research-driven, and inclusive space. One of the main goals of the Center is to research and teach ways to solve issues of racial inequity and injustice. 

Professor Timothy Welbeck will serve as the Center’s Director. At the event, Prof. Welbeck noted the future goals for the Center such as “providing traditional scholarships, programming, public engagement, and community engagement as well”.

Attending the ceremony was University President Jason Wingard, who spoke about how the Center is one of many initiatives that will support the university’s newly released strategic plan. Wingard stated that the Center will be “providing value for all students leading to professional success, and accelerating commitment to an impactful civic and community engagement and future-oriented thought leadership…” 

Another keynote speaker of the ceremony was State Representative and Temple alum Malcolm Kenyatta, who alongside State Senator Sharif Street, awarded the school with a 1.3-million-dollar state grant that went towards the construction of the Center for Anti-Racism. 

Those who attended the event were given the chance to sign a board pledging to commit to learning and promoting anti-racism in their own lives and communities. 

While the Center continues to expand students can keep a lookout for more information on the center and how to get involved on the university’s diversity website: www.diveristy.temple.edu 

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