Welcome
| March 16, 2010 | 2:17 pm | News | Comments closed

Welcome to the web site for the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC)! Many thanks to Andrejs Ozolins for building and hosting this site for us. Thank you for visiting!

MRC started in 1987 and is a small, grassroots 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in Ithaca, NY. We offer a number of programs and cultural celebrations throughout the year, diversity workshops and trainings, and a lending library with resources on undoing racism and diversity education. Please take a look around the site, and feel free to contact us at 607-272-2292 if you have any questions.

Audrey J. Cooper, Director

Fabina Colon, Program Educator

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2014 MLK Jr Day of Celebration!
| January 14, 2014 | 6:19 pm | Uncategorized | Comments closed

An annual free community luncheon and celebration commemorates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 20th from 11:30-1:30pm at the Beverly J. Martin Elementary School. We hope to see you there! Make it a day on, not a day off!

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Organized by the Greater Ithaca Activities Center, Multicultural Resource Center, Center for Transformative Action, Cornell Public Service Center, Campus Life at Cornell University, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, Greenstar Cooperative Market, Greenstar Community Board, Ithaca College Office of Student Engagement & Multicultural Affairs, and community members.

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Re-Thinking Thanksgiving – Please join us!
| November 12, 2013 | 7:36 pm | Uncategorized | Comments closed


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SPONSORED BY CORNELL’S AMERICAN INDIAN PROGRAM, THE HISTORY CENTER, ITHACA CHILDREN’S GARDEN, AND MULTICULTURAL RESOURCE CENTER.

This lively, engaging, and content-based presentation will give an overview of the history of this very misunderstood holiday. Based on the only primary source documents that chronicle the “First Thanksgiving” and using a quiz-style format (everyone will ‘take’ the quiz as part of the program), participants will learn accurate and culturally appropriate information about the English settlers at Plimoth and the Wampanoag, the Native people who inhabited that area.

The presentation will discuss the actual events of 1621 including the feast, the relationship between the English settlers and the Wampanoag and how this story became the holiday we know today. The concept of thanksgiving held by many Native Americans will be emphasized throughout.

Although they were not present in Plymouth in 1621, connections to the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) concepts of Thanksgiving will be discussed so students will understand how Native Peoples view Thanksgiving today.

Biography of Presenter – Perry Ground
Perry Ground is a Turtle Clan member of the Onondaga Nation of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy. He has been telling stories for over 20 years as a means of educating people about the culture, beliefs and history of the Haudenosaunee. Perry learned most of the stories he shares from the elders of various Native American communities and feels that practicing and perpetuating the oral traditions of Native people is an important responsibility.

Perry also gives presentations on a variety of aspects of Haudenosaunee history and culture. Sharing information in age-appropriate, engaging ways allows Perry to dispel stereotypes and misconceptions about Native People.

Professionally, Perry has worked in several museums including The Children’s Museum of Houston, Sainte Marie among the Iroquois, Shako:wi Cultural Center and Ganondagan State Historic Site. He has shared his stories in countless museums, libraries, classrooms, and festivals throughout the northeast and also has guest lectured at numerous colleges. Currently, Perry is the Project Director of the Native American Resource Center in Rochester, NY.

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1420565818160206/

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First Peoples’ Festival ~ Saturday, October 5, 2013
| August 28, 2013 | 7:02 pm | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

fpf12-button-2_25MRC’s First Peoples’ Festival ~ Saturday, October 5th, 2013, Dewitt Park, downtown Ithaca, 10 am to 5:30 pm. 

Start spreading the word to families and friends. Thank you.


11 am Traditional opening by Tadodaho Sid Hill, Onondaga; welcome by Mayor Svante Myrick and Dan Hill, Cayuga Nation

Performances by:
• Cattaraugus Singers and Dancers
• Dan Hill, Cayuga, Flute
• Irma-Estel Laquerre, Taina/Aztec/Tarasco – Stories
• Emilio Benites, Peruvian, Flute
• Atsiaktonkie, Mohawk Musician

More details coming…..

Children’s activities include Amazing Pete and his incredible balloon creations, water drums, building projects led by Home Depot staff, face painting and more.

We welcome Indigenous vendors (no fees charged) and if interested please contact Audrey J. Cooper, 607-272-2292 or ajc39@cornell.edu.

The festival is co-sponsored by the Multicultural Resource Center, Cornell University and the CU American Indian Program, Ithaca College Center for the Study of Race, Culture and Ethnicity and its Native American Studies Program, Ithaca College Event Services, Home Depot and Downtown Ithaca Alliance in partnership with the Apple Harvest Festival. The festival is funded in part by the Community Arts Partnership and the Tompkins County Tourism Program.

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U2O April 8, 15, 22, at the State Theatre! An All-Community Viewing of “Race: The Power of An Illusion”!
| April 3, 2013 | 5:43 pm | Uncategorized | Comments closed

IMAGINE, 1,000 community members from across Ithaca and Tompkins County coming together at the State Theatre to watch, listen, learn, and understand together. Join friends, neighbors and co-workers for this powerful film series that could forever change our community!

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It is not easy to talk about or make sense of race. Ask 10 people to define it and you’re likely to get 10 different answers. On few topics have there been so many assumptions, myths and misperceptions. And yet the ramifications of race- the meaning that we place on the color of one’s skin- continues to be real, and still has very real consequences for our country and our community.

On April 8th, 15th and 22nd, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm, hundreds of friends, neighbors and coworkers across Ithaca and Tompkins County will come together at the historic State Theatre of Ithaca, to view the eye-opening and powerful three-part series (one hour episodes, one episode each night) PBS documentary, Race: The Power of An Illusion. Each episode will be introduced by a pair of community leaders including, Cornell University President David Skorton with Marcia Fort, Dr.Sean Eversley Bradwell with Jean McPheeters, and Svante Myrick with Don Barber. Episodes will be followed by a small panel and facilitated conversation about the film and its relevance today.

Race: The Power of An Illusion! examines the biological myth of race, and its social and political construction.  Until we understand the myths of race and see its lasting impact on society, and in our community today, we cannot have the important conversations to move forward. First we must understand, then we can overcome.

For more information about the Understand to Overcome (U2O) initiative, visit U2O.org, or contact Schelley Michell-Nunn at schelleymn@cityofithaca.org, or Brigid Hubberman at brigid@familyreading.org or 607.227.3360.

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MORE ABOUT U20

Across Ithaca and Tompkins County, community members have been gathering in their places of work, neighborhoods, civic groups, and organizations they belong to, to watch and have conversations about Race: The Power of An Illusion.

Copies of the film are still in circulation at public libraries throughout Tompkins County. The film will also be shown on television, on the public access, Channel 13. Businesses and organizations interested in offering screenings of the film are invited to pick up a DVD and information on hosting a viewing at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca, and the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce, 904 E. Shore Dr., Ithaca.

AN OVERVIEW OF THE EPISODES

Race: The Power of An Illusion is a Three Part Series

Episode One: The Difference Between Us examines the contemporary science that challenges our common sense assumptions that human beings can be bundled into three or four fundamentally different groups according to their physical traits.

Episode Two: The Story We Tell uncovers the roots of the race concept in North America, the 19th century science that legitimated it, and how it came to be held so fiercely in the western imagination. The episode is an eye-opening tale of how race served to rationalize, even justify, American social inequalities as “natural.”

Episode Three: The House We Live In asks: If race is not biology, what is it? This episode uncovers how race resides not in nature but in politics, economics and culture. It reveals how our social institutions “make” race by disproportionately channeling resources, power, status and wealth to some.

U2O BACKGROUND

Inspired by participating in the Multicultural Resource Center’s Talking Circles on Race and Racism, the Social Justice Committee of the Ithaca Friends (Quakers) Meeting hosted a public viewing of the three-part PBS Series, Race: The Power of An Illusionin Spring 2012. Inspired by the powerful and personal impact of the film series, a few viewers spoke afterwards about how more of the community could have the same experience.  When Schelley Michell-Nunn shared her vision for everyone in the community seeing the film at the same time, they committed to join together to make that vision a reality. Understand to Overcome was selected as the title for the initiative, recognizing that before we can come together to take action to overcome the challenges our community faces, we must all first understand why our present state exists.

U2O PLANNING PARTNERS:

Schelley E. Michell-Nunn, City of Ithaca,
Audrey J. Cooper, Multicultural Resources Center (MRC)
Karen Friedeborn, Ithaca Youth Bureau
Jeri Gallucci, MRC Talking Circles White Allies
Diane Hamilton, Greenstar Cooperative Market
Brigid Hubberman, Family Reading Partnership
Paula E. F. Younger, Tompkins County Government

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