The Intercultural Center (ICC) opened its doors in 2014. The idea for the ICC was established by a group of students who aspired to develop a legacy on campus. Their vision was rooted in a deep respect for each other, social justice work, and the richness and potential of cultural and intellectual diversity at UM-Flint. These students have graduated but their legacy remains through the ICC.
The work of the ICC is grounded in pragmatic imperatives: to spare no effort in making sure that every UM-Flint student feels like they belong on campus and to create informal educational spaces outside of the classroom that promote cross-cultural communication, comfort with ambiguity, and learning.
In the 21st century, university students across the US and at UM-Flint are likely to be increasingly diverse and multiracial/multicultural (ethnicity, race, sexual, gender and national identity, religion, language, culture, age, etc), increasingly socially engaged and aware, and increasingly technology and information sharing oriented. In less than 30 years, the majority of the US population will be racial "minorities" and in less than 25 years, the majority of workers in the US will be racial "minorities." Experience working in diverse contexts will be a top 5 work related experience that employers are looking for in the next 5 years. Finally, in the 21st century, projections indicate that margins of inequality could increase across race, class and gender... unless the next generation is committed and prepared to change these projections. In the spirit of the students who founded the ICC and the staff and administration that worked to establish it, we intend to fully commit ourselves to making sure that our students are fully prepared and believe they can change these projections.