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Portland State University. Cultural Resource Centers


The Cultural Resource Centers (CRCs) at Portland State University (PSU) create a student-centered inclusive environment that enriches the university experience. The CRCs value diversity, social justice, cultural traditions, student identities, success and leadership. On November 2, 2016, PSU held a grand opening celebrating the expansion of the CRCs with the addition of two new centers, the Pan-African Commons (PAC) and the Pacific Islander, Asian, and Asian American Student Center (PIAAA). The growth of the CRCs marks a milestone in PSU’s commitment to social justice and equity. The Gathering Space, Building Community Report not only documents this growth, but also aims to highlight the depth and breadth of the influence of cultural centers on our campus. Our activities extend well beyond creating space for studying or relaxing. We impact all aspects of retention, persistence, and graduation for our students; create meaningful community connections; and foster authentic environments for coalition building.


Prepared for: Portland State University students, faculty, staff, and community stakeholders. A product of the Cultural Resource Centers, Diversity & Multicultural Student Services at Portland State University.

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