Cultural centers at Virginia Tech give students a place to belong

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) New cultural centers at Virginia Tech are giving students a place to belong and feel safe on campus.

Several are now open in Squires Student Center, where they have space for advocacy and education.

An Asian Cultural Engagement Center is the newest space to open.

It provides resources, artwork, and room for students to study.

"It's not just a sense of belonging in those centers, we want that sense of belonging to extend across the university. That's a culture and that's a culture that we have to continue to engage and create with the entire university community," said Yolanda Avent, cultural and community centers senior director.

The American Indian, Hispanic, LGBTQ, and Black cultural centers are also in Squires.

They encourage all students to learn more about cultures in Blacksburg.