"This is a place where all students can come and be themselves—free of judgment—and develop into citizen leaders."
The N.H. Scott Multicultural Center on the third floor of the Upchurch University Center is named in honor of Longwood University’s first African-American graduate: Nancy “Cookie” Scott. It serves as a meeting room, gathering space, and safe/fun space for Longwood University’s underrepresented students and culturally based organizations.
On September 15, 2012, the Board of Visitors approved the name The N.H. Scott Center for Diversity and Inclusion, to honor N.H. "Cookie" Scott (Class of 1972), deputy director for administration for the Virginia Department of Corrections (DOC). Originally in the basement of Lankford Student Union, the Center was moved to the former Commuter Lounge on the first floor of Lankford and its name changed to The N.H. Scott Multicultural Center.
Nancy H. Scott was born in Esmont, a small community in southern Albemarle County near Scottsville. She was raised by a single mom (her dad died when Cookie was 5) and moved to the Carytown section of Richmond just before entering school. Her family moved back to Albemarle County the summer before Cookie entered high school. She attended segregated schools until her senior year of high school. Cookie recalls, "I had excellent teachers and guidance counselors in those segregated schools, and they were a significant part of my development.”
The N.H. Scott Center for Diversity and Inclusion is an inviting and comfortable lounge area within the Office of Citizen Leadership and Social Justice Education. Students will find a large flat-screen, a DVD player, computer space, work space for interns, and resources such as books, magazines, and dvds. Various multicultural student organizations use the space for meetings and programming.