Intercultural Center

Welcome to the Intercultural Center.  For a calendar of club meetings, events, and activities taking place in the IC click on the Google Calendar button below!  To talk to IC professional or student staff members directly, please click on one of our IC Cafe virtual office hour buttons below on the listed dates and times and we'd be happy to assist you in any way that we can. 

For the FALL 2020 Semester, all IC programming will be offered virtually.  Follow us on social media, subscribe to our monthly newsletter or check out our website regularly for a calendar of our upcoming programs. 

Please contact the Director, Legacy Lee at lrl2@stmarys-ca.edu with any questions.

 

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CLICK BELOW FOR OUR IC CAFE - VIRTUAL OFFICE HOURS (on the listed days and times)

IC Cafe - Pro Staff - Mondays - 12:00-1:00pm

IC Cafe - Student Staff - Thursdays - 3:00-4:00pm

IC Cafe - Student Staff - Fridays - 3:00-4:00pm

 

Our Mission

The Intercultural Center strives to create a safe and supportive learning environment that values diversity and builds an inclusive community. Through our co-curricular programs and services, the IC promotes cultural competence and social justice.

Our Goals

  1.  Develop and implement co-curricular programs and services that foster cultural competency.
  2. Provide a safe space for all students to engage their multiple, intersecting, and evolving identities.
  3. Advocate for and empower historically underrepresented and traditionally marginalized groups.
  4. Support student leaders to be change agents for social justice.
  5. Build connections to help create a community that values diversity in all of its forms.

 

"Our ongoing examination of who we are in our full humanity, embracing all our identities, creates the possibility of building alliances that may ultimately free us all." - Beverly Tatum

 

Intercultural Center BLACK LIVES MATTER Letter of Support - July 2020

"We, the professional and student staff members of the Intercultural Center, stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and the historical struggle for Black humanity and liberation in our country.  We condemn the murderous actions committed by law enforcement officers and white supremacists and celebrate the beautiful souls whose lives were cut short by these heinous crimes, including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery and countless others both recent and throughout our nation’s history.

The mission of our center is to create safe and supportive spaces that value diversity and help build an inclusive campus community.  In addition, we aim to create programs that foster cultural competency, to advocate for and empower historically marginalized groups and also to help our student leaders become change agents for social justice.

To this end, we hope this moment in history is a calling in of all allies, advocates, activists and educators to take the crucial steps necessary to educate ourselves about histories and narratives that our history books have left out, reflect on and work to unlearn our internalized racial biases, engage in critical cross-cultural dialogue, practice active listening to the very real and traumatic experiences of our most marginalized populations, and finally to take authentic, straightforward and direct actions on our campus and in our own families and communities to disrupt the status quo of white supremacy.

In an effort to assist in these endeavors we offer the following LIST OF ACTION ITEMS and RESOURCES (compiled by former and current IC student staff members, including senior Annaliese Martinez).  These action items support the previously shared list of demands and call to action for our campus by BSU president Shilei Bell-Lipsey.  We offer the Intercultural Center as both a physical and symbolic space to support individual and collective efforts for radical self-reflection, education, difficult dialogue and shared healing. 

We recognize the long path ahead is fraught with many obstacles, both external and internal to the SMC community, and we understand that not everyone will be joining us in this fight, however, we hope the Intercultural Center can be a place where everyone, no matter your background, historical knowledge or experiences can feel comfortable engaging and learning together.

To that end we invite you to follow us online on any of our social media platforms, to attend any of our virtual programs or to contact us directly to find the best way for you personally to engage in the vital and communal pursuit of liberation.

We hope to see you at the IC soon!

Sincerely,

The Intercultural Center Professional & Student Staff"

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