PRCC to resume regular hours Wednesday
The Paul Robeson Cultural Center (PRCC) will resume regular hours Wednesday following a decision from the staff Monday night to close the center for the remainder of the week.
Initially, the staff decided to close the PRCC until Friday, citing lack of student support.
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Carlos Wiley, Director of the PRCC told The Underground that the decision was made to reopen the center Wednesday after talks between staff and students about the importance of not only supporting the center but also supporting fellow students.
“The decision to reopen the PRCC was made because as a result of us being closed for one day, students of color began to have conversations with each other about how to better support the PRCC and each other in meaningful ways,” Wiley said.
“Throughout the day, the staff of the PRCC met and talked with students and realized that issue was not the lack of support for the PRCC, but a lack of support for each other, which caused a splitting of the community of color at Penn State.”
Wiley and his staff also met with Vice President of Student Affairs Damon Sims Tuesday, who told The Underground before the meeting that he believes in the PRCC staff’s commitment to students.
“I know with absolute certainty that the PRCC staff and its leadership are deeply committed to our students,” said Sims. “They offer a community of support through the Center’s programs and services that is vitally important to achieving the diversity and inclusion we all seek, and they are motivated to do so by sincere concern about our students’ welfare and success.”
Although the center’s closure was short-lived, Wiley believes the closure made an impact.
“The closure of the PRCC did serve as a wake up to many students and the staff,” he said.
The PRCC will still hold a forum Monday, Oct. 16 in Heritage Hall titled “Building a Stronger Community.” The forum will begin at 6:00 p.m.
Elliot Bruce, a junior psychology major hopes that the forum will help to address problems in the multicultural community at Penn State.
“I hope that individual concerns revolving comfortability in the PRCC is addressed and I also hope that the PRCC makes their purpose known in a better way,” said Bruce. “I would love to see an understanding between the students and the staff of the PRCC so that the PRCC can come back stronger and better than ever before.”