About the Diversity Center

The Drury University Diversity Center at Historic Washington Avenue Baptist Church was established by Drury University to serve as a cultural center for people of all cultural backgrounds in the Springfield area. The main purpose of the Center is to build intercultural understanding and harmony through educational activities which include, but are not limited to; lectures, concerts, workshops, classes and other forms of celebration.

The Diversity Center is located in the Historical Washington Avenue Baptist Church, 803 North Washington Avenue on the Drury University campus. The significance and symbolism of this particular church is very powerful in this area, as it has served the African American population in Springfield since the 1800s. By housing the Diversity Center in this historic building, we are acknowledging the multi-cultural heritage of our city.

Persons of all cultures, races, and national origins are welcome to unite and celebrate at the Diversity Center.