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Mwangi Cultural Center

The Mwangi Cultural Center opened as the Afro-American Cultural Center on the lower level of Lilly Hall in 1968 and was used by a variety of student cultural organizations. In 1973 the center was renamed to honor Dr. Ng'endo Mwangi, a member of the class of 1961 and the first female physician in Kenya whose dedication and service to her community were well known.

In 2004, the Mwangi Cultural Center moved into the newly renovated first floor of the building formerly known as the Davis Center, which was also the college's former Student Center. Today, the Mwangi Cultural Center is used by the nine Unity organizations and houses office space for the Black Students' Alliance (BSA), Nosotras (for Latina students), the Smith African Caribbean Students Association (SACSA) and the Asian Students Association (ASA). The Mwangi Cultural Center is used for meetings, gatherings and social events and by students needing some time alone.

At the time of Ng'endo's death in 1989, Smith students wrote "We, the Smith students of today, owe Mwangi a great debt for being one of the vanguard of women who broke down racial and gender barriers, thereby making our progress a little easier."

In 2010 the Mwangi Cultural Center received funding for interior upgrades. It continues to be an important cornerstone on campus, where students meet and discuss issues in an atmosphere that is culturally and intellectually enriching.