Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center to open at Purdue

February 25, 2015  

Victoria Loong

Victoria Loong 
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University's Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center will open soon.

"We are excited to bring this new center on board," said G. Christine Taylor, vice provost for diversity and inclusion. "The AAARCC will provide support to our Asian American and Asian students and provide opportunities for education and awareness for our entire campus community."

Victoria Loong, who was appointed interim director of AAARCC in January, has guided the center's development by working with several departments and individuals. She is a recent Purdue graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology.

"There has been a long history of concerted efforts to establish this new resource on campus and it has been thrilling to see those efforts realized," Loong said. "I am honored to have been a part of this undertaking as a student and to now have the opportunity to return as an alumna to help the center become a reality."

"We were fortunate to have Victoria join our team in order to provide leadership for the development of the center," Taylor said. "She knew our campus, had been an exceptional student leader and worked with the group of faculty, staff and students who advocated for this much-needed facility. She has hit the ground running. "

The center, which will be located in Stewart Center, Room 162, is under construction and preparations for opening are underway. A website for the center also is being developed and plans are being finalized for an opening celebration.

"This is a momentous time for Purdue and for the success of our students, as we join several of our peer universities in the Big Ten in leading the way toward diverse and inclusive excellence," Loong said.

News Service contact: Greg McClure, 765-496-9711,

Sources: G. Christine Taylor, 765-494-6969, 

Victoria Loong, 765-496-0464, 

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