Centers of Inquiry
Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity
Asma Barlas, Professor and Director
To ensure that its students are prepared to meet the increasingly complex demands of a multicultural, multiracial, and multiethnic society and global community, Ithaca College established the Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity (CSCRE) in 1999. A committee made up of faculty and administrators is mapping out future directions for the center.
Through courses and extracurricular activities, the center enables students to engage their own identities as well as those of people different from themselves and to understand how we define ourselves in relationship to others. Courses offered by CSCRE focus primarily on the experiences of groups traditionally marginalized, underrepresented, or misrepresented in our society as well as in the curriculum. At the same time, courses provide an opportunity to explore and analyze the nature of interconnections between the United States and the rest of the world.
CSCRE hosts a yearlong lecture series, working with other departments and administrative units at Ithaca College to sponsor several speakers. To complement the lecture series, the center also cosponsors films and other activities that further engage the Ithaca community. CSCRE was established to function as an important resource for the community by supporting meaningful dialogue and learning; developing conflict-confronting and conflict-resolving skills; and serving as a beacon for faculty, speakers, and events that support its objectives. CSCRE also is home for two interdisciplinary minors, African diaspora studies and Latino/a studies.
Zenon Wasyliw, Professor and Interim Director
The Ithaca College Gerontology Institute promotes and supports research, curriculum development, continuing education, community service, and creative arts activities that focus on aging. A primary goal of the institute is to provide opportunities for students to learn about aging and careers in gerontology through courses, internships, volunteer activities, and involvement in research projects and professional organizations.
Ithaca College enjoys a partnership with Longview, a residential facility for older adults located very close to campus. This partnership, designed to be mutually beneficial for Ithaca College students and Longview residents, is coordinated and supported by the Gerontology Institute. Longview residents take courses and participate in cultural events at the College. Ithaca College students are involved at Longview through course projects, internships, volunteer opportunities, and special programs (such as an intergenerational choir) sponsored by student organizations. The institute also houses the Linden Center for Creativity and Aging, which provides support for faculty and student explorations of how involvement in creative activities affects health and well-being in later life and how aging can bring with it new forms of creativity. Particular emphasis is given to the performing arts and hands-on student projects. In addition, the institute has incorporated service-learning activities in a number of its aging studies courses, providing additional opportunities for experiential learning integrated with course study.
The Gerontology Institute supports faculty research and especially encourages projects that involve students in the research process. Students from a variety of majors have gained valuable research experience through many different research projects. Ithaca College students have conducted interviews with older adults, worked with faculty on data analysis, and presented papers at professional meetings as part of their involvement in gerontology research projects.
The Gerontology Institute administers the aging studies major and minor, offers support to faculty members who wish to incorporate information about aging in their courses, invites gerontology scholars to campus to meet with students and faculty, and provides an important link with state and national professional gerontology organizations. The institute also collaborates with the Division of Graduate and Professional Studies to oversee the certificate in gerontology, a 24-credit program for professionals or community members.
Project Look Sharp
Cyndy Scheibe, Associate Professor and Executive Director
Project Look Sharp is an initiative of Ithaca College, in collaboration with local school districts, New York State Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), the Alliance for Media Literate America, and other national media literacy organizations. The program is designed to promote the effective integration of media literacy and critical thinking into classroom curricula at all educational levels and instructional areas by providing teachers with materials, training, and support. Project Look Sharp offers internships to Ithaca College students, as well as courses in media literacy through the culture and communication degree program.