CENTRAL WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY Board of Trustees May 19, 2023 Action – Approval to Proceed with Multicultural Center Design and Funding Exploration In 2021, the Associated Students of Central Washington University (ASCWU) and the ASCWU Board of Directors worked in collaboration with CWU leadership to identify the need and desire for a Multicultural Center. This teamwork, research, and heavy student involvement resulted in significant pre-design work to draft a 19,000 square foot building with dedicated student and academic spaces. Central Washington University thanks the ASCWU, ASCWU Board of Directors, Equity and Service Council organizations, and other students for their partnership and support of this future Wildcat facility. With this action item, the Board of Trustees is authorizing the CWU leadership to move forward and continue the work of designing the Multicultural Center. This includes the authorization to spend the state allotted funds towards the design phase and would include final location selection; exploration of additional funding sources; and a 12-18 month reporting process from CWU to the Board of Trustees regarding the most viable funding options for the Multicultural Center. CWU will also explore the needed building operational costs, which will include the relocation of the Diversity and Equity Center (DEC) staff as well as the Office of Undergraduate Studies and/or the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion office into the future facility. We recommend the following motion: The Board of Trustees of Central Washington University hereby: 1. Authorize CWU to spend funds regarding the Multicultural Center design, to include selection of final building location; 2. Require CWU to further explore additional student funding mechanisms, which could include the approved extension of the SURC bond, a new student fee, and other mechanisms – all in addition to the funding provided by the state for the academic portion of the building – to finance the Multicultural Center; and 3. Require CWU to return to the Board of Trustees within 12-18 months with the most viable funding mechanism and information on the design process.
Approved for Submittal to the Board:
Dania Cochran Secretary to the Board
Jim Wohlpart President
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