The Purpose of the Zowie Banteah Cultural Center
The Zowie Banteah Cultural Center, commonly known as “the Zowie”, promotes visibility and empowerment for Native American and communities of Indigenous people by providing space for dialogue, interaction, and community in the Mount Holyoke College community. Seen as a home away from home for many students, the Zowie welcomes all, while centering the voices and lived experiences of Indigenous peoples.
Advisor: Latrina Denson, Associate Dean of Students for Community and Inclusion
History of the Zowie Banteah Cultural Center
The Zowie Banteah Center was opened in 1995 under its original name Native Spirit and was later renamed in 1997 to honor an alumna who was instrumental in its founding. This house creates a cozy environment for Native American that fosters sharing stories about life or words of encouragement and advice.
The Zowie Banteah Cultural Center is located at 4 Dunlap Place, near Kendall Sports and Dance Complex.