Charles Drew Memorial Culture House Application
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The Charles Drew Memorial Culture House is named in honor of Charles R. Drew '26. Dr. Drew was an outstanding surgeon who discovered the chemical method for perserving blood, and later became the director of the first American Blood Bank. Dr. Drew suffered an untimely death in the 1950 as the result of a car accident. This house has been named for Charles Drew not only in honor of his outstanding achievements but also as a testament to the continuous inspiration and example of achievements of black people such as Charles Drew and to explore the cultures of Africa and the Diaspora at large. This house was founded as a space where members of the Amherst community can engage in intellectual debate, social activities, artistic expression, and all other endeavors which highlight the accomplishments of blacks through the years and around the world.
All entering residents must read the Constitution and sign a residential life contract agreeing to the terms and conditions of Drew House. In accordance with the Statement of Purpose, all residents are expected to attend house meetings, attend and support fellow house members' events, participate at house dinners, work with the entire house to accomplish a group house project and initiate and assist in the carrying out of those events which celebrate and explore the various cultures of the Diaspora. Each member is responsible for facilitating 3 individual house projects per year (some projects may be done in pairs). The following categories are guidelines for acceptable events: events which are educational, community service/outreach-oriented or fundraising in nature, or those events which aid in the restoration/preservation of the Charles Drew House.