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Diversity Center
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Multicultural Programs and Services

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Efroymson Diversity Center

The Efroymson Diversity Center of Butler University opened on December 6, 2006 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house. The Diversity Center was made possible by a generous gift from Lori Efroymson-Aguilera and the Efroymson Fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation. 

The "DC" serves as an open and inclusive symbol to the Butler campus that fosters contributions of intercultural engagement, support, guidance, and a home to the Butler commuity committed  to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We celebrate the achievements and continued opportunities of students, staff, and faculty in furthering an inclusive campus community. 

The "DC" is located in the garden level of Atherton Union (Atherton, room 004)  which houses the Office of Multicultural Programs Services, which falls under the Department of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion within the Division of Student Affairs.  

The center provides office space for the following cultural and social awareness student organizations: 

  • Asian & Pacific Islander Alliance (APIA) 
  • Latinos Unidos 
  • Black Student Union (BSU) 
  • Students for Justice in Palestine 
  • Butler Alliance 
  • Demia 

A group of representatives from each of the social and cultural awareness student organizations meet monthly to discuss programming and foster collaboration between the organizations. This group is called Unity Council.

In addition, Student Government Association's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Board consist of three committees. Together, these three committees strive to host diversity events and promote awareness on campus. These passionate and enthusiastic individuals that make up SGA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Board, hope to educate Butler’s community on how to appreciate and respect the differences of others, while also realizing the diversity within themselves. To learn more about the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion board, please contact the Director, Aine Montgomery at ammontgo@butler.edu.

The center also provides a  prayer/meditation space, with gender neutral restrooms and lounge/study space for all Butler students.

Multicultural Mentorship Program

The Multicultural Student Mentoring program was created to provide personal support, assistance, social guidance, and positive campus survival skills from older students to our first year students.  

Being a Multicultural Student Mentor includes:

  • Providing leadership and assistance with the Dawg Days 2.0 Diversity Pre-Orientation Program.
  • Mentoring incoming first-year students from diverse populations throughout the academic year.
  • Attending cultural and social awareness diversity leadership training workshops and events with Mentees.
  • Providing peer resources to first-year students in the academic advising and the registration process.
  • Attending monthly MCSM meetings to continue their learning and debriefing on their success and challenges.

Multicultural Student Mentors serve in this leadership position throughout the academic year.

*Any student requesting a mentor can be assigned/apply throughout the academic year.

To learn more about the program or to become a Multicultural Student Mentor, please contact:

Gina Forrest
Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
gforrest@butler.edu
317-940-4462