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Capital Initiative: Intercultural Center

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Jean Childs Young Intercultural Center:

A New Home for Intercultural Experiences

Manchester’s current Intercultural Center is housed in a space that has seen better days. It is the third location for what started as the student-led AAFRO House in 1971 after a period of racial upheaval on campus. The center is a home-away-from-home for MU’s international students, and the hub for our multicultural clubs and programming, including Black Student Union, African Students Association and Hispanos Unidos. The building is a former family residence and includes a living room gathering space, a small computer and study space, a library and resource room, several offices, a kitchen, restrooms and a basement storage area. It is not easily accessible for students and others with disabilities.

It is time for a new home for our Intercultural Center.

  • A large, round multipurpose room with a movable stage for events

  • A more inviting “living room” gathering space

  • Space for display of art and artifacts donated to the Center

  • A resource library and computer lab

  • Three offices for student staff and the director

  • An open-concept kitchen with dining area and pantry space

  • Prayer/meditation room

The center also will include a memorial commemorating three international students who died tragically in a February 2016 traffic accident.

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Intercultural Center Programs

Current programming through the Office of Multicultural Affairs, housed in the Intercultural Center, includes activities like the bi-annual Intercultural Fair and International Education Week. The goal is to raise awareness, foster cross-cultural interaction, increase understanding, encourage a global perspective, and provide opportunities for the entire MU community to learn from differences and explore our common humanity. 

Building on its current programming, the new center will foster broader discussions about diversity and inclusion in the North Manchester community and northeast Indiana region through trainings, workshops, and regional conferences.