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February 12, 2018

UO set to start Black Cultural Center

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Construction begins this summer on a Black Cultural Center at the University of Oregon, and school officials expect to open the $2.2 million building by September 2019.

The Black Student Task Force sought the center in 2015 when it made a list of 13 demands to improve the experience of black students on the Eugene campus. Other demands, some of which remain unmet, included changing building names, hiring more black teachers and enhancing black studies.

The UO has raised nearly $1.7 million for the two-story, 3,500-square-foot building and still needs $500,000, The Register-Guard reported.

Roughly $1 million of the money raised so far came from Dave Petrone, who earned an undergraduate degree and a master's degree in business administration from the UO in the 1960s.

The cultural center will include room for small gatherings, classes, tutoring and meetings.