A New Day for the IBC, La Casita

President Fuchs talks with Trenatee Coleman at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Institute of Black Culture and Institute of Hispanic-Latino Cultures. "The IBC and La Casita will embody in bricks and mortar the central ethos of our public university: That we welcome, celebrate and serve as a home for all people," Fuchs said.

A New Day for the IBC, La Casita

I am delighted to be here and to join all of you in this wonderful moment of renewal!

Generations of Gators came to this historic location of the IBC and La Casita to enjoy and celebrate their cultures and heritages, to feel safe and supported and simply to enjoy fellowship and camaraderie.

With this groundbreaking for two beautiful new buildings that will rise here, we renew and reaffirm this presence and purpose for today’s and tomorrow’s Gators for our university at large.

This is a $10 million project, and the IBC and La Casita will be lovely, welcoming and artfully constructed.

Their architecture will mirror and extol the people they celebrate, reflecting a priority of designing them around the ideas and inspirations of students, alumni and other constituents who participated in the process.

Moreover, the IBC and La Casita will embody in bricks and mortar the central ethos of our public university: That we welcome, celebrate and serve as a home for all people.  That our mission is to topple walls of ignorance and prejudice and build pillars of opportunity, understanding, empathy and good will.

Construction begins soon and is expected to be completed a year from now.

I look forward to watching as the IBC and La Casita renew their exceptional and essential role in our campus and community, and I can’t wait to join all of you at the dedication next fall. Thank you!