The vocals of the legendary Mexican musician Vicente Fernandez rang off the walls Oct. 10 in the TCU Intercultural Center.

Students and administrators prepared for a loteria day, a Mexican bingo-type game.

“I grew up playing with it, so I kind of want to pass it on to my students, whether they do know about it or they don’t know,” said Paloma Bermudez, the TCU Student Identity and Engagement coordinator. “It is very important to teach and educate other students about other cultures and traditions.”

The Intercultural Center opened in 2021 in the Brown-Lupton University Union after a group of students demanded a space specifically for students of color as well as international and LGTBQ+ students.

The center houses the Student Identity and Engagement Office, Gender Resource Office, International Student Services, the Community Scholars Program and Student Government Association.

Since its opening, the space has hosted mariachi performances, ballet folklorico dances, Greek life fundraisers, and on Oct. 20, a drag show celebrating Selena, the “Queen of Tejano music.” 

“This is your home, this is your space. Literally, my office is here, but this is yours,” Bermudez said. “I’m just here to support them in any way possible. It doesn’t matter where they’re from, or what background. I’m here for them.”

Cristian ArguetaSoto is the community engagement journalist at the Fort Worth Report. Contact him by email or via Twitter. At the Fort Worth Report, news decisions are made independently of our board members and financial supporters. Read more about our editorial independence policy here.

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Cristian is a May 2021 graduate of Texas Christian University. At TCU, ArguetaSoto served as staff photographer at TCU360 and later as its visual editor, overseeing other photojournalists. A Fort Worth...