The Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) began in the 1980s and was originally a project of the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC). On January 1, 1998, MRC became a self-governed, incorporated not-for-profit organization.

MRC is currently staffed by one full-time director and one half-time special projects coordinator. Our staff and nine-member board of directors represents a diverse cross-section of the larger community.

The mission of MRC is to create dialogue around diversity issues, particularly racism, in Tompkins County, and to facilitate community leadership on these issues by helping to empower people to embrace our community’s ethnic and cultural diversity.

Our goals are to:

  • Advocate for disenfranchised and underrepresented communities
  • Expand diversity within community agencies and organizations
  • Promote cultural awareness for an inclusive environment in our community

MRC boasts an active lending library that is available to the public every weekday. In addition to this resource, MRC also provides consulting and advocacy services, as well as many cultural events throughout the year.

If you would like to be involved in the work of MRC, or might simply enjoy learning more about what MRC can offer you, please feel free to contact us at (607) 272-2292. To hear about our upcoming events, please sign up for the mailing list. We look forward to hearing from you!

MRC is a member of the Tompkins County Diversity Consortium.

Thank you for visiting and let us know if we can help!

Fabina Colon and Nicole LaFave

One comment for this page

  • Jennifer Marotto says:


    I’m wondering if there are any internship or part-time employment opportunities with your organization for the fall. I will be a graduate student at Cornell in the Department of City and Regional Planning. Thank you!

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