Be Change. Be Changed.
Fueling student transformation through a unique blend of grounding theory, dedicated practice, and demanding performance, we empower the curious at IC. Here, you’ll be surrounded by natural beauty in an eclectic college town where progress never stops.
Building and maintaining a more diverse and inclusive institution is a key part of our strategic plan. Ithaca College seeks to critically address and reduce all forms of prejudice, ethnocentrism and intolerance, and foster diversity.
The Center for IDEAS
As a destination for bold thinkers seeking to build thriving communities, the Center for IDEAS (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Social Change) collaborates with campus and community partners to create programs for intentional dialogue with student activists and provides opportunities across campus to learn—and unlearn.
Thriving and belonging
A support group called Belonging provides a safe place to process the complex thoughts and emotions that may arise as a result of being a student of color in a predominantly white learning environment. Members have the opportunity to find validation, insights, motivation, and connections among fellow Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) students.
Student clubs and organizations
• African Latino Society
• African Students Association
• Asian American Alliance
• BOLD Women’s Leadership Network
• Chinese Students and Scholars Program
• Diversity Peer Educators
• PODER: Latinx Student Association
• Ujima Black Student Union
The MLK Scholar Program
Through the lens of social justice and service, and the principles embodied by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., students in the MLK Scholar Program are introduced to research with experiential learning opportunities (including domestic and international travel) to aid their studies and personal development.
If you have a demonstrated history of leadership and service in your local community and a lifelong commitment to social justice, explore a program that can help give you tools to influence change—and be changed.
Ranked #12 among “Best Regional Universities in the North” | U.S. News & World Report
Ranked #4 “Most Innovative” | U.S. News & World Report
Ranked #1 “Best College Town” | Livability.com
Named to Princeton Review’s “Best 388 Colleges”
Ranked #9 among “Top 25 LGBTQ-Friendly Campuses” | Campus Pride
Ranked #13 nationally for “Student Engagement” | Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education
The CSCRE delivers a curriculum focused on African, Latino/a, Asian, and Native American (ALANA) people in the United States, who are usually marginalized, underrepresented, and/or misrepresented in the curriculum. Fostering critical dialogues on race, the CSCRE brings speakers, artists, and performers to the Ithaca community each year.
IC’s groundbreaking new major explores the social, political, and cultural dimensions of race, power, and resistance. Students gain the perspectives and skills to create a more just society through an approach that centers minoritized voices and experiences.
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“I came to Ithaca College unsure of where my story would lead. Ithaca’s Exploratory Program helped me discover my passion.”