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Ledonia Wright Cultural Center

The Ledonia Wright Cultural Center (LWCC) at East Carolina University provides specialized diversity and social justice experiences so all students can become confident, culturally aware, global citizens. Additionally, LWCC provides culturally relevant programming and services to support African/African-American, Asian, Latina/o, Native American, and Pacific Islander student success. 

The goals of the LWCC are to: 
1.  Offer authentic cultural programming to increase students’ understanding of various heritages, cultures, and identities. 
2.  Promote academic success of traditionally under-represented students through individual and small group interaction. 
3.  Create safe environments where power, privilege, and stereotypical assumptions are examined using meaningful dialogue, mutual sharing, and reflection. 
4.  Work collaboratively with other campus and community partners to provide students with social justice, leadership, service-learning, and volunteer experiences. 
5.  Build a sense of community and social confidence for students through planned interactions with alumni, campus, and other prominent leaders. 
6.  Sustain student-led cultural organizations through training, mentoring, and resource sharing. 
7.  Maintain a welcoming environment and hub of activity in support of the holistic development of all ECU students. 

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Description

Our History
In 1975, The Afro-American Cultural Center at East Carolina University was established in the “Y” Hut. The new space gave ECU’s growing minority population a gathering place to meet and socialize. Ledonia S. Wright, a popular and respected Associate Professor of Community Health, was the first director of the Center and the advisor to the (Society of United Liberal Students, S.O.U.L.S.). Ledonia S. Wright was an Associate Professor of Community Health at East Carolina University and a public health professional. Her entire career was spent finding ways to ease human misery and raise the level of aspiration among those with whom she worked. She believed that excellence in one's chosen profession could be achieved.

In the early 1990s, renewed commitment to develop a larger and more structured venue for minority students surfaced. On October 22, 1995 the new Center reopened in its new home, the Bloxton House, and was renamed in honor of Ledonia Wright. Today, almost 40 years later, the staff and students of the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center (LWCC) continue her tireless efforts to find ways to ease human misery and raise the level of aspiration among all ECU students.
Our Mission and Goals
The Ledonia Wright Cultural Center (LWCC) at East Carolina University provides specialized diversity and social justice experiences so all students can become confident, culturally aware, global citizens. Additionally, LWCC provides culturally relevant programming and services to support African/African-American, Asian, Latina/o, Native American, and Pacific Islander student success.
• The goals of the LWCC are to:
• 1. Offer authentic cultural programming to increase students’ understanding of various heritages, cultures, and identities.
• 2. Promote academic success of traditionally under-represented students through individual and small group interaction.
• 3. Create safe environments where power, privilege, and stereotypical assumptions are examined using meaningful dialogue, mutual sharing, and reflection.
• 4. Work collaboratively with other campus and community partners to provide students with social justice, leadership, service-learning, and volunteer experiences.
• 5. Build a sense of community and social confidence for students through planned interactions with alumni, campus, and other prominent leaders.
• 6. Sustain student-led cultural organizations through training, mentoring, and resource sharing.
• 7. Maintain a welcoming environment and hub of activity in support of the holistic development of all ECU students.
Come visit us! The center is located in the heart of east campus, across the brickyard from Mendenhall Student Center (MSC) and sided by White & Greene residence halls. We are building #50 Bloxton House on the university map.

Category

Campus Department

President Name

Mark Villacorta

President Email
Treasurer Name

Wanda Tyler

Treasurer Email
Reservationist Name

Each organization may only have one officer listed with CRO to reserve space on campus.This role may be included in the responsibility of the President, VP, or other officers.

Mariza James

Reservationist Email
Organization Twitter Handle

@LWCC_ECU