The Research Center for Cultural Diversity and Community Renewal (CDCR) was established in 1998 in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. The Center began with an overall mission and dedication to developing and promoting a renewed vision for achieving a harmonious and socially just community through education. CDCR's focus is on the complex and potentially beneficial relationships between the issues of cultural diversity, education, and community renewal; and its research and programs connect to the belief that social justice can be obtained through education. CDCR is grounded in a commitment to increasing educational opportunities for those students who are traditionally underserved or disadvantaged. Our main objective has always focused on education and determining ways in which CDCR can help "open the doors" of higher education to more effectively recruit, support, meet the needs of, and retain minority students.