Lafayette took the first steps toward its goal of becoming a more diverse, competitive, and affordable institution with the opening of its new offices in downtown Easton this week.

About 50 employees from communications, ITS, and community engagement packed up their things and moved to the third, fourth, and sixth floors of the Alpha Building near Centre Square. Later this winter, back office employees from admissions will also come downtown.

The move is part of the College’s new strategic initiative to ensure greater affordability for all students. Over the next six to eight years, Lafayette plans to increase financial aid, grow the size of the student body by about 350, and bolster the size and salaries of the faculty.

The initial phase consists of relocating offices out of the center of campus to make room for more student housing and facilities.  It will also serve as a boon for Lafayette’s town-gown relationship with Easton. Not only will Lafayette Downtown be a visible presence in the city, but employees will be able to patronize local shops and eateries.

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