The Multicultural Resource Center started with the vision of a former UNC Charlotte student, Joseph Toomer. As senior class president, Toomer often thought about the legacy students left to their alma mater.

In 1996, Toomer developed a proposal to educate others in the campus community about the need for a warm and inviting place for people of diverse backgrounds. A place where those differences would be welcomed and embraced. A place where people would be educated and challenged.

"It is difficult for open eyes to see when the mind remains closed," said Toomer.

He rallied the support of student leaders, student organizations, and from University staff and faculty who, in turn, made the idea a reality. Today, the Multicultural Resource Center stands as a physical reminder that one person can make a difference.