The Center was established in 1967 in response to the challenge of providing a supportive atmosphere to increasing numbers of African-American students entering Rutgers University. In 1972, the Center was renamed in honor of Rutgers’ esteemed alumnus Paul Robeson. The Center has played a vital role in the Rutgers community by reflecting the rich cultural heritage of African Americans through programs that focus on the literary, cultural, and historic contributions of African-Americana to society. In 1992, the Center moved from College Avenue to it’s new home adjacent to the Busch Campus Center.
The Center provides office space for registered student organizations and is home to the Black Voice/Carta Latina Newspaper. There is a computer lab with PCs for student use. The meeting room area is available for Rutgers University and community events. The Center holds extended hours during examination periods each semester.
The Center is an educational resource for Rutgers University. The goal of the professional staff is to meet the educational and social needs of students. The Center serves as a forum for inter-cultural and inter-personal communication and development for all students.
The mission of the Center is to provide educational, cultural, and social programs and services that reflect the experiences and aspirations of minority students, with an emphasis on African Americans.
The Center’s activities and events include the following: speaker series, films, exhibits, musical and theatrical performances, academic achievement and leadership awards, new student welcome programs and orientation, rites of passage celebrations for graduating seniors, diversity round table, tutoring programs, Kwanzaa celebration, job search and internship programs.
Virtual Resource Laboratory on Multiculturalism
The Paul Robeson Cultural Center is the home to the newly established Virtual Resource Laboratory on Multiculturalism (VRLM). The VRLM will acquaint students with the basic issues related to known ethnic groups in America.