We work with campus partners across the college to provide opportunities for students to connect with their peers, faculty, staff, alumni, and local community members. From leadership development opportunities to informal dialogues about race, class, and power in our student lounge, we invite you to come and connect with us. The Center for IDEAS aims to proactively engage the campus community through educational opportunities focusing on identity, power, equity, and social justice issues to encourage social change.
Our student lounge is located on the 3rd floor of the Campus Center, right beside our office space. The lounge is open as long as the Campus Center building is open and has 3 computers available to use. Whether you need somewhere to sit and study, eat your lunch without making a commute home, or you just want to watch YouTube videos on the projector, the IDEAS Student Lounge is a great place to meet other students.
The Students of Color Coalition is a meeting held monthly by IDEAS Staff focused on collaborative efforts amongst students of color to foster unity and solidarity across the great Ithaca College community. All members play an important role in giving input and feedback on any and all things that are created by the coalition. Their goal is to use a decentralized structure that holds everyone accountable and responsible for their part in the unity. Efforts range from movie screenings and discussions to town hall meetings.
Interested in Adding Your Voice?
Contact Center for IDEAS on questions about SOCC at email@example.com
The Prayer & Meditation Space is meant to serve and support all students and the holistic wellness of the university community. This space allows individuals of all religious faiths and non-religious beliefs to experience a place for peace, prayer, meditation and/or reflection throughout the day. The space is not intended for any organized programs or meetings. The need for an interfaith space can depend on the needs of the users in each setting and support those who gain access to the room, so we are open to feedback if there are other items needed!
Our Sensory Room is a setting where stimulation can be controlled and provided individuals to engage in self-stimulating activities. The room has a wide range of materials and objects such as: variety of different fidget toys, light therapy box, sensory bottles, dim lighting, sensory panels, soft music, white noise, and soft, low seating. The need for a multi-sensory room can depend on the needs of the users in each setting and support those who gain access to the space, so we are open to feedback if there are other items needed!!!
ICUnity connects Ithaca College’s underrepresented groups—including but not limited to students, alumni, families, and other campus community partners who have been historically underserved due to identity, orientation, ethnicity, disability, national origin, or religion, or who are the first generation of their families to attend college. ICUnity provides a network of dedicated academic and business professionals, opportunities for inclusive social interaction, and ways to improve intercultural communication between its members and allies. If you or someone you know is interested in serving as an ICUnity volunteer, please contact Carmen Torrado Gonzalez, Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (607) 274-1392.
Intercultural Career Connection is a long-standing program at IC that brings PoC alumni back to engage with students over a professional panel that explores post-grad life and careers and provides networking opportunities. This event is sponsored by Career Services, the Office of State Grants, and the Center for IDEAS.
We're not the only ones!
There are many avenues to engaging and grappling with issues of equity and inclusion. Ithaca College provides learning opportunities on topics of identity, power, privilege, and social justice in addition to our Center's offerings from programs in the residence hall to academic credit-bearing courses. Here are just a few additional resources for on-going education in diversity, equity, and inclusion.