The Center @ Moore Hall
A Center for Arts, Culture, and Social Justice
As the student body of Providence College becomes increasingly diverse, and our efforts to diversify our faculty and staff gain momentum, it is imperative that we simultaneously develop the organizational infrastructure to foster social, professional, and learning environments that allow all members of the campus community to flourish. Moreover, national and international events over the last several years reinforce the urgent need for collaborative spaces that foster cross-cultural learning and constructive engagement both inside and outside of the classroom.
The Center @ Moore Hall is envisioned as an innovative multipurpose space built on the principles of Inclusive Excellence established by the AAC&U. These principles emphasize student social and intellectual development, the connection between diversity and academic excellence, and the development of a welcoming community that engages diversity in its many forms in service of student and organizational learning. Going beyond nominal indicators of diversity (e.g., the number of students on campus; number of programs executed,) these efforts focus on the multifaceted processes through which we foster excellence in teaching and learning; research; student and staff development; cultural agility; local and global community engagement; talent acquisition and workforce development; and more.
The Center @ Moore Hall will build on but ultimately go beyond existing models of campus centers, innovatively situating itself as a nexus to 1) convene stakeholders for collaborative action, 2) build access and equity on campus through innovative solution-making, 3) foster an inclusive campus climate and cultural agility, 4) host diversity and social justice learning and development opportunities for students, staff, and faculty, 5) advance and promote diversity scholarship and research, and 6) facilitate cross-cultural exchange. Together these six elements, infused by arts and culture, form a dynamic invitation for our students, staff, and faculty to join us as we work collaboratively to more fully integrate inclusive excellence throughout our community.
Consistent with the mission of the Office of Institutional Diversity and the goals outlined in the Strategic Plan for Diversity and the College Strategic Plan, we envision the Center as a collaborative space that supports and promotes creative diversity initiatives and convenes stakeholders from across campus, resulting in greater cohesion and coordination of efforts.