The mission of the WSU Culture and Heritage Houses is to provide physical spaces and educational programming that celebrates diversity, encourages dialogue, promotes respect, and builds community.
Between 2006 and 2011, Washington State University established a set of cultural centers on the Pullman campus called the Culture and Heritage Houses. Each House contains collections of art, books, and cultural items related to African/African Americans, Chicano/Latinos, Asian American/Pacific Islanders, and Native Americans. The Houses offer space for workshops, potlucks, group meetings, and community gatherings, and also provide office and educational space for the Diversity Education program. Past events at the Culture and Heritage Houses include the ribbon cutting for the Pullman Historic District, cultural celebrations, welcome picnics, department socials, and more.
Everyone is welcome in all of the Culture and Heritage Houses. All four buildings are historic structures first built in the 1920’s and 1930’s. They are fully furnished and feature all brick construction, hardwood floors, full kitchens, fireplaces, wireless internet, and large gathering spaces. The Houses also have attractively landscaped lawns and ample green-space.
- Assist in the development of diverse learning communities in the College Hill area of campus and beyond
- Preserve and promote learning and appreciation of America’s diverse communities, especially the culture and history of African/African Americans, Asian American/Pacific Islanders, Chicano/Latinos, and Native Americans
- Provide a comfortable gathering space that encourages community building and intercultural understanding