Manchester Magazine Fall 2017 - Page 21

MU| F e a t u r e s become their best selves and become people of ability and conviction, then it’s not only a good investment, the Intercultural Center is imperative for that type of work and that type of growth to happen.” It’s all about learning from differences. The new center will bring people together, says Godinez, because it will help white students understand what it’s like to be a minority and it also will help build community among those minority groups. For Willoughby, that culture of openness is foundational to bridging any divide. “If you’re willing to come share your culture, I’m ready to learn about it. If you’re willing to learn about someone else’s culture, we’re ready to share it with you.” By Melinda Lantz ’81 On Page 20, an artist’s rendering of the Jean Childs Young Intercultural Center features a large, round, multipurpose room with a movable stage for events. Though plans are not final, the building will be constructed at College Avenue and East Street. Clockwise from above: Ben Tapper ’12; (from left) Taylor Gandy, LaDavie’a Shears, Caitlin Powell, Angie Gonsiorowski and Anaja Lundy; (from left) Olivia Kalema ’17, Tabo Chata and Marian Adeyemo ’17; and Michael Dixon, director of intercultural services. Manchester | 21