Intercultural Resource Center (IRC)

ICH Residents May 2013

The Intercultural Resource Center (IRC) is devoted to promoting a just society and exploring intercultural and diversity issues within and beyond the Columbia University community. The IRC provides a forum for education and social exchange that encourages self-discovery and a greater awareness and appreciation of cultural history within and between communities on campus. We endeavor to empower students, faculty, and staff with the tools to successfully navigate their environments and thus to positively impact the community at large.

The Center, two adjoining brownstones, has numerous resources including meeting spaces and a library that contains periodicals, newspapers, books, videotapes, DVDs, and journals, which reflect the rich knowledge and history of underrepresented people throughout the world. The IRC is home to the Intercultural House (ICH), a unique residential setting that offers students the opportunity to learn more about diverse cultures in a supportive living environment. Some of the various IRC-sponsored activities include art exhibits, poetry readings, discussion groups, and film screenings.

Interested in reserving space in the IRC?

The IRC has two event spaces available to be reserved by both student organizations and community groups. Maximum capacity of each room is between twenty-five to thirty people. If interested in using the space for general meeting purposes, please contact Marta Esquilin ( However, if you are interested in hosting a party or a large event in the IRC on a Thursday through Saturday evening, there is a two-step process you must follow. First, email Marta Esquilin to get approval for space use. Then, once you have received confirmation of approval, you must register your event using the following link ( 


For a complete list of the Intercultural Resource Center’s services please see the IRC Fact Sheet (PDF).

Learn more about our:


Intercultural Resource Center


552 West 114th Street
New York, NY 10025

Call: 212-854-0720

Fax: 212-854-3110

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