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Dowdy Multicultural Center


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Dowdy Multicultural Center

Sykes Student Union, Room 003
West Chester, PA 19382

Phone: (610)-436-3273

M-F 8:00am - 4:30pm


The Center Serves as a Home-Base for Students in:

  • The Dowdy Multicultural Center Mentoring Program
  • The Multicultural Organizational Advisory Board (MOAB) 

This centralization of staff in one location promotes the coordination of services, programs and resources for more than 3700 Students of Color on campus.  The center provides access to computers, study tables and sofas for students to lounge comfortably.


 The center is located on the ground floor of Sykes Union, Room 003, adjacent to the University Campus Store and the Sykes Theatre.

Center Hours:  Consistent with Sykes Union Building hours.


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We cultivate and sustain a socially just, equitable and inclusive campus community for all students.


The Dowdy Multicultural Center promotes the holistic success and development of Students of Color (SOC) at West Chester University. We implement collaborative co-curricular experiences that; promote multicultural awareness, creates a sense of belonging, affirms racial and cultural identity, and empowers all students to challenge systems of oppression.


·      Advocacy
·      Community  
·      Empowerment 
·      Identity Development  
·      Social Justice
·      Transformative Education 
·      Civic Engagement



 - to promote success of Students of Color by serving as a home-base and point for coordination of programs, services and referrals.

 - to serve as a campus gathering place and resource/programming center for all students and other members of the University community to enhance awareness and appreciation of diversity and inclusion.

- to provide a space for prospective and first year Students of Color to identify with as they anticipate and begin their collegiate experience.

- to enhance alumni engagement by partnering with former Students of Color and alumni organizations.

The Dowdy Multicultural Center, was dedicated on October 21, 2016 in honor of Lawrence A. Dowdy for his years of devoted service to West Chester University.

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