The Diversity Center has moved to the house formally known as Gaia’s Cradle, the women and gender issues theme house for twenty-six years. Former residents along with Cynthia Belmont, professor of women’s studies and advisor for the theme house, were consulted and most agreed it was a good move.
“Gaia’s Cradle has a strong history of vibrant student engagement grounded in a residential setting,” said Ruth de Jesus, diversity and inclusion coordinator. “For me, this space speaks to the spirit that I strive to foster in my work.”
Ruth plans to create a welcoming space for students of color and host groups in the space to converse, reminisce, and dream.
“As a first-generation woman of color, who continues to live through the legacy of poverty and inner-city segregation, I welcome the opportunity to serve students more fully,” she said. “It is no small thing for someone like me to be seen, valued, and entrusted with this work. It is no small responsibility to care for Gaia’s Cradle in a new way.”