Haq Center

The Haq Center provides a variety of services to minority and international students including international student orientation, immigration advising, academic support services, education programs and social activities. In addition, the center serves as a liaison between academic departments, administrative offices and the community. If you have questions about the services available to minority students, contact Taran McZee.

If you are a new incoming minority or international student, we are happy that you have chosen Hanover College to further your education and look forward to meeting you. If you are a prospective minority or international student, let us refer you to the Office of Admissions that is specifically designed to answer your questions and assist you with the application process. Feel free to contact Admission Office at admission@hanover.edu if you have questions.

Haq Center History

President Russell Nichols dedicated The Haq Center, March 15, 1996, in honor of professors Dr. Mythili Haq and Dr. Anwarul Haq, two beloved teachers who advanced the mutual respect of citizens of different countries and backgrounds. Dr. Mythili Haq (1926-1995) served the College from 1969 to 1992 as associate professor of sociology. She received her master's degree from Presidency College of the University of Madras and her doctorate from the University of Bombay. Dr. Anwarul Haq (1923-1990) served the College from 1969 to 1990 as professor of international studies. He received his master's degree from the University of Madras and his doctorate from the University of Chicago.

Anwarul Haq, a Muslim, and Mythili Haq, a Hindu, personally struggled with cross-cultural issues in their native India. Their marriage led to conflicts with both their Muslim and Hindi relatives. Their personal love and dedication to each other, despite prejudice and discrimination, helped them to advocate cross-cultural understanding and to provide warm personal support for generations of international students at Hanover.

While the Haq Center honors these important contributors to Hanover's history, the name also has it own significance. In Arabic, "Anwarul Haq" means "the lights of God," and signifies not only the reality of the created world, but also each person's responsibility to do justice to every one and every thing in that world. In the Haq Center, we strive to uphold the values of justice and love for the truths that are inscribed in our name.

Making the Connection
Hanover College has a long history and tradition of welcoming minority and international students to campus. Nine students from Scotland were the first to come to Hanover (1835 and 1865), followed by seven from Ireland between 1837 and 1878. Then came the two from England in (1838 and 1926), followed by students from Belgium (1863), Canada (1869), Germany 1874), Sweden (1881), Palestine (1927), Puerto Rico (1925), and the Island of Madeira off Portugal (1863). Between 1870 and 1871 there were two students from China, but they were the famous Coulters who were missionary children. So, too, were the four who arrived from Persia (now Iran), also missionary children (the Old fathers). Since then, our number of international and American ethnic minority students has gradually increased. Currently, we have international students from 12 different countries.

Regarding American ethnic students, Benjamin Templeton in 1832 was the first African-American student who attended Hanover College. Templeton was a free black man from Chillicothe, Ohio. He spent five years at Hanover College, graduating in 1837. Templeton became an important leader of the free black community of Philadelphia through the 1850's. He went on to become the pastor of Second African Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, which he served until his death in 1858. Benjamin Templeton was the first and last African-American student to attend Hanover College until 1948 and the College has admitted American ethnic minority students, including African-Americans, ever since.

Learn more about applying to Hanover College as an international student.