The Intercultural Center (ICC) opened on October 21, 2014 in response to the requests from various cultural student organizations that expressed a need for a space focused on supporting the work of their organizations and educational programming related to issues of cultural competency. There was a focus on creating spaces for critical dialogues and fostering an increasingly inclusive environment at UM Flint. In the spirit of inclusion, everyone is welcome at the ICC and at all ICC events and programs.
The work of the ICC is built on the foundation of social justice and upheld by three pillars: belonging, advocacy, and education. Everything that comes from the ICC aligns with one or more of these pillars.
Advancing social justice and intercultural understanding at the University of Michigan-Flint by promoting belonging, advocacy, and co-curricular education.
The Intercultural Center (ICC) at the University of Michigan-Flint is centered on the needs and experiences of people of color and other marginalized people, especially students, at the University. The work done through the ICC has three primary purposes:
- Improving access and sense of belonging,
- Improving retention of students and helping to advance and advocate for policies that improve campus climate, and
- Educating the campus community about power, privilege, social justice, systemic racism, and other key concepts to cultivate an environment of elevated cultural competence.
This work is done through programming, policy advocacy, workshops, and extensive collaboration with faculty, staff, students, and members of the university community, on the foundation of social justice. Everyone is welcome.
Student Success - Cultivate experiences that are essential elements to retention and success for students that are underserved in the population
Justice - Serve as an advocate for an inclusive campus environment, and for all students to realize that they are a valued part of the UM Flint community
Collaboration - Develop strong, diverse collaborations with the university and beyond, partnering with a variety of entities to reach a broad constituency
Outreach - Connect students across social and cultural boundaries and the campus to the broader community to further efforts of inclusivity
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 people of color and in less than 25 years, the majority of workers in the US will. Experience working in diverse contexts will be a top-five work related experience that employers are looking for in the next five 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.