The Office of Intercultural Engagement operates a unique space on campus in the Elliott University Center—the Intercultural Resource Center (IRC). It’s a place to learn, a place to gather, a place to explore—it’s a place where every member of UNCG’s diverse community can come to share experiences and build on common ground. It creates an opportunity to make meaningful cross-cultural connections and fosters an appreciation for the rich customs and traditions brought together by every individual who steps through its doors. Located on the ground level of the EUC, the environment itself is inviting and welcoming with lots of comfortable seating for studying and conversing. There are computers for internet searching and email checking. There is an ever-expanding library of cultural resources including books, videotapes,and a wide-ranging collection of magazines with new issues arriving almost every day.
Reserve the IRC for your own special event
The Intercultural Resource Center is available Monday through Thursday from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm to the UNCG community for special multicultural events and gatherings.
Faculty! Add the IRC to your list of campus assets!
You can reserve the IRC for an occasional class meeting or a special class presentation. For example, the IRC is very conducive to hosting discussion forums. A teaching station is available in the Lecture Area with comfortable seating for 28. The casual Lounge Area can accommodate 16 on our upholstered sofas and club chairs. Both areas can accommodate additional audience members using chairs from the surrounding study tables.
Use the IRC to complement your curriculum
Bring your class to view our art exhibits – two exhibits inspired by a cultural theme are mounted each semester. Also encourage your students to attend the reception in the IRC to meet the featured artists. Visiting the art exhibits and talking with the artists may serve as a vehicle to generate discussions in or outside of class.
Invite your students to join our Book Talks, monthly discussion forums facilitated by UNCG faculty authors on their own books housed in the IRC library. Utilize these publications for course assignments or class discussion.
Need ideas of in-class activities? To enhance your own culturally responsive instruction and opportunities for diversity training, browse our library holdings and place relevant book titles, videos and CDs on reserve for students to use in the IRC.
For your own professional use, the IRC library offers long-term loans and an easy process – quick service, no long lines. You may check out resources for the entire academic year and renew online.
Encourage your students to discover the IRC
Students find the IRC a great place to study, either alone or in small groups. The collaboration station for sharing laptop views with a study group has been a popular addition to our services. There are up-to-date magazines for browsing diversity topics of interest.
IRC library resources have been collected to expand students’ understanding of the beliefs, values, and experiences of culturally diverse populations, and to enhance the skills they will need to work with individuals from different cultures. We have a growing collection of resources focusing on specific cultural communities – we have resources for LGBTQ topics, African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asican/Pacific Islander and Native American heritage.
Help us make the IRC “the place to be” in the EUC!
Let us know how we’re doing! Does the IRC meet your needs? If not, let us know what we can improve or add to our services. Want to serve on the Intercultural Leadership Council and the LBGTQ+ Council? We encourage input and support from the UNCG faculty to help us establish the IRC as a great student-centered refuge on campus where all voices are welcomed and will be heard.