Front side of new LBHBCC building

Oregon State University’s Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center (BCC) has a new home at 100 S.W. Memorial Way (corner of Memorial Way and Monroe).

This new building is located in the same spot as the former BCC, which was a converted older house with plenty of charm but limited programming space. Bigger events at the old BCC usually involved people crammed together in small rooms and narrow halls. Now expansive meeting rooms, study spaces and a large kitchen provide plenty of space for all kinds of activities.

In addition to programming, study space and various resources, the center provides peer tutors to OSU students, thanks to the Meyer Memorial Trust grant. Academic mentors are peer educators who help students with academics, connect to resources, and partner with the Academic Success Center’s Learning Campaign.

The original Black Student Union Cultural Center was formed on campus in 1975, and later renamed the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center after the first director of the Educational Opportunities Program, who helped increase recruitment and retention of black students at OSU.