Founded in 2010 by dedicated staff, students, and faculty, “the Lucy” was created as a safe and welcoming space to form community, establish networks, and promote social justice.
In serving its mission, the Lucy Cross Center:
Born in 1839, Lucy Cross is considered the “Mother of Rollins College” and a champion of equal educational rights for women. A graduate of Oberlin College (the oldest co-educational institution of higher learning in the country), Cross foresaw the need for a college in Florida to educate both men and women.
With the financial help of Alonzo W. Rollins, a businessman from Chicago, and Lucy’s urging, Rollins College became Florida’s first institution of higher learning in 1885.
In 1936, Rollins memorialized Lucy’s service to Florida and the College by erecting a hall in her honor.