About Us

Dr. Howard Thurman believed in the unity of all people and that meaningful, creative experiences shared among people for sustained periods of time can help break barriers that divide them. The Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground, founded in 1986 by Dean George K. Makechnie, strives to keep Dr. Thurman’s legacy alive by providing programs, events and experiences to students designed to encourage their creative exchange of ideas, thoughts, beliefs and opinions.

As a way to follow Dr. Thurman’s blueprint for the building of community, the HTC encourages students to:

  • Be introspective to learn who they are
  • Expand their intellectual, social and spiritual horizons
  • Contemplate and discuss contemporary local, national and international issues
  • Reflect on how they can contribute to the world while pursuing what “makes them come alive”

The HTC doesn’t shy away from asking students difficult questions about who they are and how they fit into the world. As a result, students who become involved with the HTC learn more about themselves and how to effectively communicate with others. They frequently report a sense of connectedness to each other that is deep and meaningful. Our students also state that they meet people from all walks of life and are enriched by their expanding social circles.

We welcome all students regardless of their background, experiences, or circumstance and actively recruit with a belief that every student has a culture and a story to share.

The Howard Thurman Center is a department under the Dean of Students.

Operating Hours

Academic Year:

Monday to Thursday: 9 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Weekends and official University holidays: Closed


Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Weekends and official University holidays: Closed

*Please note that during the summer, all programs normally offered during the academic year are suspended.