Enid Cook '31 Center
The Enid Cook ‘31 Center (ECC), Bryn Mawr’s Black Cultural Center, is named after the first Black woman to graduate from the college, Enid Cook. The building was renamed and dedicated in Fall 2015 after the original Black Cultural Center, Perry House, became unlivable and the community members were displaced. Students successfully advocated for a new space dedicated to supporting and celebrating the Black and Latinx community. The ECC is a vibrant hub of activity containing a full kitchen, where students can be found recreating family recipes, and a beautiful library stocked with books related to the Black and Latinx diasporas. There are four Alliance of Multicultural Organization (AMO) groups specially affiliated with the ECC. They are Sisterhood*, BACaSO, Mujeres*, and Zami+. Events held in the ECC include AMO group meetings, dance performances, community dinners, study nights, and more. ECC programming is managed by the Assistant Dean for Intercultural Engagement in collaboration with two student coordinators.
The ECC is both an affinity space and a dorm. Current students who are not ECC residents can gain card swipe access to the building by becoming an active member of one of the affiliated AMO groups. For more information about the ECC as a dorm, please visit Residential Life’s webpage.
(Photo caption: The ECC’s annual Legacy Day 2021 Weekend celebration.)