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Leona Lusk Officer, the first black graduate of TTU.
The Black Cultural Center was established in 1989 as a place where Tennessee Tech African-American students could find support among their peers. Opening its doors officially in August of 1990.

In the spring of 1996, black students and staff voted to rename the Cultural Center after Leona Lusk Officer, the first black graduate of TTU. She graduated from Tech in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education.


The mission of the TTU Multicultural Affairs Office is to provide support for the personal, cultural, social, and academic growth and development of students from underrepresented ethnic populations. We provide and encourage opportunities for all the students to learn about their history, take pride in their heritage, and explore their potential. We promote Multicultural awareness by providing an environment that embraces diversity.


The vision of the Office of Multicultural Affairs is a campus where all students are able to perform, both in perception and reality, at their highest potential because of an atmosphere that invites and appreciates diversity of ethnicity.


  • Provides programs designed to encourage cultural awareness as well as educational opportunities outside the classroom.
  • Provides tutoring, academic counseling, scholarship information, and internships to improve academic performance.
  • Provides a library and computer lab designed to maximize the personal and academic development of minority students.