About The Intercultural Center

Intercultural Center

For 15 years, the Intercultural Center (IC) has sought to build community among and between Students of Color, Queer students, low-income and first generation college students at Swarthmore, while also paying careful attention to their unique intellectual, cultural, social and personal concerns.

Established in 1992, the IC was created as a result of student activism aimed at securing increased administrative support of, and commitment to, Students of Color and Queer students at Swarthmore College. Since that time, the IC has come to comprise an ever-expanding group of students, including South Asian, Multiracial, International, Muslim, low-income and first generation college students.  We strive to foster a truly multicultural social, cultural and intellectual environment that will empower students to achieve their educational and individual goals. The IC offers an array of programs and services designed to meet the needs of these groups individually and collectively.

The IC supports the exploration of diverse heritages, political perspectives and social and cultural experiences by offering a wide range of co-curricular activities and programs throughout the academic year. These include:

  • The Annual Forum on Social Justice and Activism
  • The IC Speaker Series on Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality, (co-sponsored by the Black Studies Program in 2006-2007)
  • Asian/Pacific Islander American (APIA) Heritage Month
  • Latino/a Heritage Month
  • Diya Week
  • Coming Out Week 
  • Class Awareness Month 
  • The Sager Symposium
  • The Jerry Wood Memorial Lecture, in collaboration with the Black Cultural Center
  • Special events such as the September 30, 2006 performance of "Hip Hop Theater: An Evening with Danny Hoch," funded by the William J. Cooper Foundation. 

Additionally, supplementary reading material and videos on these and other topics are available in the Cobo Resource Library in the IC.