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What does the Black Cultural Center mean to you?

"The BCC is a place that diversity is strongly promoted.  Where intellectual, social, emotional and spiritual stimulation is valued and encouraged.  It's a place where people can feel safe, free from stereotypes and racial indifference.  Where we learn our potential and face our responsibilities. It's a place where I can be proud of who I am and what I represent.  To me the BCC is HOME!"

-Mark CJ Davis Jr., Software Specialist, ITS

"The Black Cultural Center, in my opinion, means a place of diversity. It promotes a general understanding and appreciation for the black culture while supporting the College's high standards.   It promotes unity and serves as a place for students to gather, reflect, be merry and just enjoy one another."

-Gina Fitts, Financial Aid

'The BCC has served me as a home, a getaway, and a space for self-expression; and throughout my time here at Swarthmore it has allowed me to explore my blackness in ways I would never have expected. I enter the Black Cultural Center knowing I'll see at least one friend, and I leave conscious and proud of my place in one of Swarthmore's defining communities and institutions."

-Paul Cato '14, President, Swarthmore African-American Students Society (2012-2013)

"The BCC is one of my favorite spaces on campus; it is one that caters to several of my needs including studying and socializing. Being an international student, I am especially appreciative of the welcoming atmosphere that characterizes the BCC. It is a safe space for me to retreat...a kind of second home."

-Naudia Williams '14 

"I think of the BCC as a community hub, a cultural oasis built around the academic, social and political work of generations of Swarthmore's black alumni. It is a place of learning and laughter, of solidarity and exploration. It is a place where, with the passing of Jerry Wood and most recently Kathryn Morgan, the ancestors abide - smiling down from portraits that grace the walls - and encouraging students to have faith in their abilities, and to do their very best. Whether I am teaching in the BCC or there to visit Ms. Bonnie, or to take in a lecture, I feel very much at home in the Black Cultural Center and I encourage all students to partake of the sense of welcome and embrace the building and the community that dwells there offers."

-Dr. Allison Dorsey, Professor of History

"I think the convergence of BCC and Robinson House years ago speaks volumes both for the tenacity of students and the College's illustration of its values. This sustaining merger symbolizes the sense of ethical and social concern and commitment to the emergent needs of the students involved. So I believe the House has rich symbolic value for the entire community."

-Charles L. James, Sara Lawrence Lightfoot Professor emeritus