The Cultural Center creates educational opportunities for members of the university community to critically think about their beliefs, values, and assumptions as it relates to culture. Our vision is an inclusive and accepting campus climate free of bias and hate where students, faculty, staff, and alumni work together to create positive change in the campus and the local community.
The Black Diamond Choir, organized in 1969, is a student gospel group that has been singing and sharing the "Good News" locally and in various locations within Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, Ohio, and Georgia. Your gift will support the choir with performance travel, programming, recruitment, on-campus and local community events, and the choir’s annual concert.
The Black Male Initiative (Cultural Center Success Initiative) at the University of Louisville seeks to increase the retention, graduation, engagement, and overall success of African American males by addressing various scholastic and social challenges, through academic engagement, mentoring, peer connection, and student involvement. Your gift to BMI will provide resources that allow the program to support students with financial need and programming to enhance the experience of UofL’ s Black male students.
The Cultural Center creates educational opportunities for members of the university community to critically think about their beliefs, values, and assumptions as it relates to culture. Your support will allow us to ensure equity and opportunity, increase awareness of diversity issues throughout the campus and local community, and strengthen relationships across diverse groups. Your gift will support programming that will promote dialogue and understanding of topics related to diversity and support campus efforts to increase the retention, success, and participation of students, faculty, and staff from historically underrepresented groups.
Your gift to the Latino Success Fund assists our peer mentoring services specifically aimed at the Latinx student population at UofL. This program allows Compas Peer Mentor/Ambassadors to serve all incoming first-year, first-time degree-seeking freshmen and transfer students from Hispanic/Latinx backgrounds. Compas represents the Cultural Center’s Hispanic, Latinx & Indigenous Initiatives with recruitment, retention, and community outreach. This peer mentor program is essential to the student success initiatives in the Cultural Center.
The Woodford R. Porter Scholarship Program, created in 1984, is the largest scholarship organization at the University of Louisville. Named after the first African American appointed as a university trustee, the late Woodford R. Porter Sr., the mission and purpose are to provide academic, personal, and professional support and to all scholarship recipients. Your gift will help the program aid students with expenses not covered by the scholarship including books, study abroad opportunities, personal/professional development, and other needs that will help students persist and graduate.
The Al Dia en America Scholarship was established by Jose Neil Dons, publisher of the Al Dia en America newspaper, will support a Latino/a/x or Hispanic student with educational as well as personal and professional development expenses that will aid them in pursuing a college degree.
The Darla Frazier Scholarship was created for Darla Frazier who worked at the University of Louisville in various capacities for more than 30 years. As the Administrative Associate in the Cultural Center, Darla's passion for working with and supporting students was evident each day she was in the office. Before the end of her battle with breast cancer in 2017, Darla visited the Cultural Center with inspiring and motivating words for staff and students. “Never stop smiling and always do good.” This need-based book scholarship is intended to support students who demonstrate a commitment towards their desired career path and are involved on campus and in the local community.
The Melanin 5 Endowed Scholarship was established in 2021 by five UofL doctoral students: Sherry Durham, Leondra Gully, Sarah Nuñez, Nakia Strickland, and Marian Vasser, is designed to increase the amount of BIPOC students who are admitted to and graduate from a doctoral program. By contributing to this fund, your gift will ensure more BIPOC doctoral students receive financial support to reduce barriers faced along their journey to graduating and thriving in a world that has historically oppressed and limited their ability to thrive and succeed. The Melanin 5 is the first all-women of color doctoral cohort at UofL. Each member of the Melanin 5 has contributed to this fund to ensure more BIPOC students can realize their full potential.
The Sagar Patagundi Alumni Scholarship for DACA and Undocumented Students was created for Sagar Patagundi who came to the United States as a child with his family. They all entered the country legally, but his father was eventually denied a green card after his application was pending for 11 years and was forced to return to their native country, India. Later his mother returned as well, leaving Sagar and his two brothers alone in the United States to pursue their dream of a college education. Sagar enrolled at UofL and became a key figure in the immigrant rights movement, founding a student organization called FIRE (Fighting for Immigrants Rights and Equality) and speaking nationally about the issues that undocumented students face. He graduated from the University of Louisville in 2014 with BA in Communication and continues to work as an advocate for social change with the ACLU of Kentucky and other local organizations. The Sagar Patagundi Scholarship will support undergraduate DACA and undocumented students.
The Louisville Tango Festival Scholarship is available to Latino/a/x and Hispanic students pursuing a degree in any major at the University of Louisville.
The Xi Chapter Eleanor Foreman Scholarship is a new academic scholarship at the University of Louisville, which was started by the Xi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Xi Chapter chose to name this scholarship after one of their own, Eleanor Foreman. She paved the way for many by being the first Black woman to serve in the following positions: Negotiator for the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Chairman of the Federal Credit Union, sales associate for the Louisville Board of Realtors. Additionally, she served as the president of the following organizations: the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. Louisville section, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Louisville Alumnae Chapter, and Bourgard College of Music and Art. Your gift will be used to support the educational expenses of an African American female student.
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