Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What will happen to the murals?

A. The historic murals are found in the meeting rooms of the Ethnic Cultural Center. These pieces of art are emblematic of the culture and history of the Center and the students who founded it. The murals in the Black and Chicano rooms were painted in 1972, and those in the Asian and Native American rooms were painted in 1985. The important question of what will happen to the murals is often raised in conversations about the renovation and/or expansion of the ECC.

The issue of what will happen to the murals is being considered very seriously by the project committee, architects, and the UW Capital and Space Planning Office (CASPO). Three of the murals are painted directly on the wallboard, and one is mechanically fastened to the wall. The murals’ significance to UW students, staff, faculty, and alumni; as well as their quality and historic value, will not be overlooked when options for renovation and/or expansion are considered.

Q. Will the ECC stay where it is or will it move somewhere else on campus?

A. Recent conversations with students and staff who use the ECC reveal that there are divided opinions about whether the ECC should move or stay where it is. The decision about whether to move or to stay will most likely be based on space availability on campus and the feasibility of expanding at the ECC’s current location.

Q. Where will the ECC/T be during the construction/interim period?

A. The Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity will work with the Capital and Space Projects Office to determine a temporary site during construction. In 2001, the ECC/T was relocated to the Old Fisheries Building for 10 months.

Q. How long will the project take?

A. The project will be completed in phases. Currently the ECC/T and IC Expansion and Renovation Project is in the feasibility study phase to determine possible options for expansion or remodel. Project phases can include:

  • Feasibility Study
  • Pre-design
  • Design Development
  • Construction
  • Re-entry

Q. How is the project going to be funded?

A. The project may be funded by student fees and other possible sources. At this time, there is no definitive cost for the expansion/renovation project. The ECC/T and IC Capital Needs Assessment Committee will be working with the Capital and Space Projects Office to finalize a budget.