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About Us

MRC is located at 210 W. State St., just one block from the Ithaca Commons. We house lending materials of multicultural books and tapes. Come in and visit us any weekday from 9 am - 5pm. MRC also publishes Our Culture, a bimonthly newsletter whose purpose is to put people of color in the news, in a positive light. Come by and pick up a copy. We also sponsor a host of programs that celebrate, educate and entertain around cultural issues.

MRC is continually growing. Our books and magazines cover a wide variety of topics and cultures. We would love to have more books with themes such as Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, countries around the world and any other topic of a multicultural nature. If you have books around the house to donate or if you would like to check books out please stop by our office. The books are for everyone to borrow, and it's free.

MRC is partially operated by donations from the public. We appreciate any financial contributions that you would like to make to the organization. Of course, all contributions are tax deductible. Come into the Multicultural Resource Center and expand you knowledge of the world around you. MRC is governed by a Board of Directors.

History

Formed in the 1980s by a group of concerned citizens, the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) was a project of the Center for Religion, Ethics, and Social Policy (CRESP), a Cornell affiliate. On January 1, 1998, MRC became a self-governed, incorporated not-for-profit organization.

The goals and objectives of MRC's mission are to provide information, contacts, support, workshops, trainings, books, tapes, and celebrations around diversity issues to the individuals of Tompkins County. MRC provides these services in order to facilitate the community's work on diversity issues, to empower individuals around these issues, and to celebrate diversity.

Through accomplishing these tasks, MRC addresses the community's need for all individuals to find materials and resources related to their culture and other cultures, and to have immediate access to these resources, as well as to provide for the community workshops and celebrations, all of which bring about diversity awareness and cultural empowerment through various means.

MRC boasts an active lending library that is available to the public every weekday. In addition to this resource, MRC has also provided periodic book clubs, movie nights, poetry readings, story-telling times throughout the past few years.

If you would like to be involved in the work or leadership of MRC or might simply enjoy learning more about what MRC can offer you, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!