The long battle to provide more space for the new Center for LGBT Life ended Tuesday night, as administrators approved the center’s expansion.
The new center, which will be located in the space currently occupied by University Center Activities and Events in the Bryan Center, will expand from 3,275 sq.-ft. to 3,388 sq.-ft.
The additional 113 sq.-ft.—taken from space previously allocated to the Office of Student Affairs—will go toward creating an office for an assistant director, said Blue Devils United President Denzell Faison, a junior.
The new blueprint proposal also includes the addition of a discreet entrance, gender-neutral bathrooms on the second floor of the Bryan Center and retractable walls that will expand available programming space by 800 sq.-ft.
The new expansion follows a Duke Student Government proposal supporting the center’s demands and discussions between students and Vice President for Student Affairs Larry Moneta. LGBT alumni also pushed for more space by writing letters of concern to Moneta.
“The wide range of support from our LGBT alum community, DSG and the LGBT task force brought the administration back to the table to reconsider the plans,” Faison said.
Moving forward, BDU will work to ensure that plans are finalized and that everything that was agreed upon is kept.
The new proposal has not yet been presented to BDU’s executive board for official approval, though the plan will likely pass, Faison said.
“We look forward to opening our new center in the fall with much fanfare and state-of-the-art things,” he said.