By Connor Nolan ’19
Student Congress Publicity
On Tuesday, Student Congress welcomed back Rafael Zapata, Providence College’s chief diversity officer, to discuss the ongoing renovations to the building formerly known as Moore Hall. The currently unnamed Center for Inclusive Excellence plans to open in mid-October, barring any delays on the project.
The Center will include activity space, group collaboration areas with helpful technology and tools, a renovated dance studio, and auxiliary office space. Touching on the extra office space, Zapata said the plan is to allow a variety of programs and councilors to share the workspace in order to best reach students. Students suggested adding new food options to the building and Mr. Zapata seemed receptive, noting coffee will be sold, as well as the possibility of adding food options in the future.
Student Congress Elections are currently underway as the Class of 2019 and Class of 2020 fill out executive positions and hope to welcome the new members of the Class of 2021.
After a few weeks of work by the Allocations Board, Congress unanimously approved club financial allocations for the upcoming year.
New Business was also introduced during the meeting, with the Afro- Caribbean Club presenting before the congress. The club wishes to create a safe and inclusive space to come together and learn about the various cultures in the Caribbean through food, music, and events which will connect influential members within the local community to students. The club was well received by the student body and will be voted on at the next general meeting.
Another piece of New Business was introduced, presented by Cassandra Caggiano ‘18, pertaining to the addition of contact number stickers in off campus houses owned by The 02908 Club. The stickers would be very similar to the stickers posted in buildings around campus, giving students as many avenues of outreach as possible for a variety of situations. Also included will be numbers for Providence and Rhode Island—specific resources which can be utilized by students from various schools in the area.