The center began as the Women's Center and was formally opened on November 19, 1986 in room G25 of the Walb Student Union. The purpose of the center was to provide information and assistance to current and prospective students, especially the nontraditional student who was making a re-entry or first time entry to college life. On January 16, 1990 the name was changed to the current one to respond to the needs of both men and women who need a supportive network when returning to the classroom after a hiatus. Linda G. Johnson became the new coordinator of the center at this time. The center published a newsletter, Rapport from to . The center also co-sponsored with Channel 6 a monthly television magazine program known as "Rapport."