Welcome to the Intercultural Center!
The Intercultural Center (ICC) opened its doors in 2014. The idea for the ICC was established by a group of students whose 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. The work of the ICC is centered around our three pillars of belonging, advocacy, and education.
Services and Support
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.
There was an interim director for the ICC who split time there, also directing the Women’s Educational Center. In May 2018, a fulltime director was hired.
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:
1. Improving access and sense of belonging,
2. Improving retention of students and helping to advance and advocate for policies that improve campus climate, and
3. 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, trainings and workshops, and extensive collaboration with faculty, staff, students, and members of the university community, on the foundation of social justice. Everyone is welcome.
Cultivate experiences that are essential elements to retention and success for the students that are underserved in the population
Serve as an advocate for an inclusive campus and environment, and for all students to realize that they are a valued part of the UM Flint community
Develop strong, diverse collaborations within the university and beyond, partnering with a variety of entities to reach a broad constituency
Connect students across social and cultural boundaries and the campus and to the broader community to further efforts of inclusivity