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BIPOC center opens today at former Johnson State College

A new resource center for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) students on the Northern Vermont University Johnson Campus will be named in honor of NVU-Johnson student Mamadou N’Diaye who passed away in July of 2020.

The Coalition of Minority Students at Northern Vermont University’s Johnson campus, in collaboration with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and the Student Government Association, is hosting a celebration of Mamadou N’Diaye’s life in conjunction with the naming of this new dedicated space in Dewey Hall (Room 149) as the Mamadou N’Diaye Resource Center on Tuesday, March 15 from noon to 1 p.m.

“I am so pleased we are naming the Resource Center after such an outstanding young man, and the care that went into creating it has been exemplary,” said Interim President John W. Mills. “The creation of this space is also a statement by NVU of our commitment to the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) pledge we have made in our Mission Statement.”

Mamadou N’Diaye, from Prince George, Maryland, was 19 years old and a rising sophomore pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Media Arts on the Johnson campus. He also played basketball for the Badgers. “He was an outstanding and kind young man, a talented artist, skilled athlete, and a good friend. Mamadou made a lasting impression at NVU where he touched the community with his warm heart, tenacious work ethic, and overall drive,” said Former NVU President Elaine C. Collins in a message to the NVU community in 2020.

The Mamadou N’Diaye Resource Center is an academic and mental health resource space created by the Coalition of Minority Students (COMS) for the benefit of BIPOC students at NVU-Johnson. The room will serve as a haven for COMS members and as a center to host events open to students, faculty, staff, and community members to educate themselves with COMS members on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion principals.

The room will also serve as a space for mental health assistance with comfortable seating and computer access to telehealth therapy. NVU students have chosen specific art and media to encourage stress relief and self-help. 

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  1. I have no problem with this Johnson State department – because I don’t have to attend that school.

    If someone in the post secondary education arena wanted to create a truly innovative program, that I’m sure would draw all sorts of students, they’d incorporate a Milton Friedman Center, including a Mises Institute department promoting free market economics, individual freedom, honest history, and international peace, in the tradition of Ludwig von Mises and Murray N. Rothbard.

  2. This story seemed coherent until the last paragraph stating it’s a “space for mental health assistance” (got it), with “comfortable seating” (got that), but WHAT is “specific art & media to encourage stress reielf & self help”…Huh? Is there “specific art & media”? Could we see or cite an example of these? And what with “self identification” these days could not anyone self-identifying as “BIPOC” become BIPOC just by saying so? I’m confused….

  3. How did we get along for so long without a “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion” mental health center to teach remedial arts? Why are we spending money for that “Baloney”? Get real!

  4. What are the specific genetic requirements to qualify as bipoc? I think i need a loan. If this term isnt quantified with specific legislation, it cant hold up in court.

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