Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity



The Ethnic Cultural Center Site and Program Analysis is now online. Click here to read the full report >
Visit the ECC/IC Minutes and Reports page for the Instructional Center and Ethnic Cultural Theatre feasibility study schedule and other updated documents. Go >

Ethnic Cultural Center/Theatre Construction Project

In October 2007, the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity (OMA&D) and the UW Capital Projects Office began a study of the buildings housing two OMA&D programs, the Ethnic Cultural Center/Theatre (ECC/T) and the Instructional Center (IC). The study will help determine the best way of addressing the future space and program needs of the units and make a recommendation on the feasibility of renovating and/or expanding the current facilities. The feasibility study is projected to last until June 2008.

Facilities for the 21st Century

Recent inquiries into the space issues of the Ethnic Cultural Center/Theatre have shown that it needs more meeting rooms and space for student programs. The Instructional Center needs more classroom space. Expansion and/or renovation is necessary for the two programs to continue to offer excellent services and accommodate all the groups that want to use the facilities well into the twenty-first century.

About the ECC/T and the IC

The Ethnic Cultural Center/Theatre and the Instructional Center are national models and central to the mission and programming of the UW Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity. Both programs trace their origins back to the 1968 student movement for increased minority admissions and support at the UW. Both are frequently cited by students and alumni as key to their success, growth, and well-being at the university. These programs occupy the same buildings that they did forty years ago, with some modifications.

Ethnic Cultural Center/Theater:

  • Designed and built in 1970-71 by Ben McAdoo, first African American architect with a practice in Washington state, remodeled in 2001
  • Originally home to five student organizations, now houses 62 organizations in 22 student offices
  • Programming has evolved from student gathering place and cultural performance space to all of the above plus leadership and organization development and training
  • National leader in diversity programming and a model for multicultural student centers
  • Learn more about the ECC/T by visiting its website. Go >

Instructional Center

  • Housed in a building that dates back to the 1920s, two minor renovations since the late 1970s
  • Daily use has grown from approximately 10 to 15 students in the late 1960s and early 1970s to 200 students in 2007-8
  • Programming has evolved from assistance in three areas (math/reading, writing, study skills) to help for over 300 different courses, plus classroom facilities for credit courses and workshops
  • 2001 winner of the Brotman Award for Instructional Excellence and the Brotman Award for Diversity
  • Learn more about the IC by visiting its website. Go >