CULTURAL RESOURCE CENTER
Cultural Resource Center
The Cultural Resource Center (CRC), also known as “The House,” strives to educate all students, both domestic and international, toward intercultural curiosity, humility, and learning through:
- Equipping students to identify and navigate the various stages of culture shock and healthy integration.
- Encouraging students to embrace, celebrate, and develop their unique cultural identity.
- Offering students opportunities for intercultural inclusion, sharing, learning, and leadership development.
- Encouraging students to see cultural identity, intercultural inclusion, sharing, learning, and leadership as hallmarks of Christian Faith.
We support our international and multicultural students by serving as an intercultural liaison between students, faculty, and staff.
The Cultural Resource Center creates space for students to find themselves, be comfortable, and share their experiences. It is home to cultural clubs, which build community among members and across campus. Each year, the CRC celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a full day of activities, as well as Heritage Week, a campus-wide celebration of culture and heritage. We would love for you to be involved!
We have amazing students who bring with them to campus a wealth of experiences, passions, and talents to share.
Phone: (765) 641-4193
Toll-Free: 1 (800) 428-6414 (Request Ext. 4193)
Location: Decker Hall, Second Floor
MEET OUR STAFF
- Cultural Resource Center
Juanita is the Diversity Retention Coordinator and Office Manager for the CRC. She has enjoyed working in the Division of Student Life since joining the AU family in 2016. Prior to moving into this role in the Cultural Resouce Center, Juanita served as the Executive Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Provost & Dean of Students and also as the point of contact in the Office of Chapel Attendance. Juanita received her B.S. in Christian Ministries from Mid America Christian University.
Michael Thigpen is the Director of the Cultural Resource Center, International and Multicultural Student Services. He was also appointed Chief Diversity Officer by Cabinet in 2020. He is passionate for serving and resourcing a very diverse population of multicultural and international students from around the world. He also serves as the Executive Director of the Madison County Youth Center. A visionary and a leader, he has served communities for nearly thirty years. He has worked in a variety of organizations, both nationally and internationally.
Mike is an alum of Anderson University, having completed both a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership and a Masters in Business Administration. From children to the most mature individuals, Mike has the unique ability to capture and connect with all types of audiences.
Michael has a great passion for the lost and those who have been disenfranchised or otherwise disconnected from their local expression of the body of Christ. He seeks to disciple a generation of servant leaders, enabling them to make a greater impact on the world by sharing the authentic love of God. He also seeks to teach believers to develop and sustain a strong growing relationship with our savior, Jesus Christ. Under the anointing of God, he operates in a dynamic teaching gift in addition to several other spiritual gifts and vocations. He is a preacher who rightly divides the Word of truth with a fresh revelation from God. Mike seeks to encourage, empower, and motivate audiences to become passionate servant leaders, creating spaces for development and authentic transformation. Michael’s greatest joys are being a husband, father of four daughters, and a servant leader in areas where there is a need.