Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center

Vision

The Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center is a space and place where all are welcomed and multiple perspectives encouraged.

Mission

The Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center exists to promote cultural awareness and engagement, educate on issues of culture and diversity, and provide opportunities for collaboration among faculty, staff, and students.

One Community Program

The Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center oversees the One Community program held during Orientation. The One Community program engages students in a facilitated discussion that explores the way the University of Rochester community is shaped by all of our intersecting identities. The program begins with an hour-long session during which several upperclassman students share narratives about the ways their various identities have positively and negatively affected their college experience. This session is followed by student-facilitated small group discussions in which participants explore the presentations and reflect on their own experiences. 

The One Community Program was developed by the College in close consultation with undergraduates. During a series of conversations in the fall and spring of 2013-2014 at the College Diversity Roundtable and in other places, students requested a new program that would provide first year students with an opportunity to spend time thinking carefully about their own identities, hear narratives of the experiences of others, and provide them with tools to address situations that inevitably arise from difficult topics such as race, class, ability, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and other identity markers. 

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The Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center is a division of both the Office of the Dean of Students and the David T. Kearns Center at the University of Rochester. The vision of the ICC is to work with students, staff and faculty to foster a collaborative environment throughout the year that celebrates the various cultures represented on campus while providing opportunities for education and dialog on different topics. The ICC works closely with offices across campus to develop resources that complement and supplement curricular offerings, build intercultural competency, and promote and encourage cultural understanding and appreciation among the campus constituents.