College to upgrade Multicultural House to Center for Community and Justice

Sidney Fox

Staff Writer

Last Thursday during Common Hour, students, faculty and supporters of the college gathered in the Union to celebrate the first anniversary of the Game Changers capital campaign. At the event, President Carol Quillen also announced the expansion and renovation of the Multicultural House, which will be renamed the Spencer- Weinstein Center for Community and Justice.

The Game Changers campaign is an initiative to raise $425 million that will go towards supporting three main priorities: keeping the Davidson commitment to educational excellence and access strong, strengthening the Davidson campus to perpetuate a community of excellence, and preparing Davidson students to lead and innovate in an evolving world.

At the event, Quillen announced that the campaign has now raised $273 million. Raising even more money will help the college support students by providing them with resources that

will allow them to leave Davidson and be able to immediately succeed.

In a campus-wide email sent prior to the event, the President’s Office noted that there would be a “special announcment,” which turned out to be the explanation of the Multicultural House’s renovations. After the enhancements, the site will go by the Spencer-Weinstein Center for Community and Justice. The date of the new center’s opening was not announced.

According to an article posted on the Game Changers website, the center will be named after Marcus and Carole Weinstein and the late Samuel R. Spencer, Jr. Both Weinsteins were at the event, as was Ava Spencer, Samuel Spencer’s wife. Spencer was a former Davidson College President known for introducing co-education to the campus and recruiting and admitting African and African-American students, as well as for his outgoing personality.

Pablo Zevallos `16, President of the Student Government Association, recognizes the importance of Spencer’s presidency even today.

“I am so personally grateful for the work and legacy of President Sam Spencer, without whose leadership I could not be at Davidson or have the opportunity to give back to this community.”

The gracious contributions from the Weinsteins are making this new building possible, and Zevallos expressed his gratitude for them as well.

“I am also so grateful to the Weinstein family for ensuring the sustainability and vitality of an inclusive space on campus, enshrining the memory of Dr. Spencer’s legacy on campus forever, and all of their longstanding and continued stewardship of the Davidson College community,” he remarked.

Zevallos also explained that the expansion will “[provide] an inclusive space for Davidson students of all racial, ethnic, religious, national, and other backgrounds,” which, he explained, “is essential to ensuring that everyone at Davidson has the opportunity to innovate, lead, transform, and serve—the mission of the Game Changers campaign.”

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