Institute for Cultural Unity (ICU) at Alfred University

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Staffed Office Hours:

Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sat: 12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m.
Sun: 1:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.


The Institute for Cultural Unity is Alfred University’s source of diversity education and multicultural programming. The Institute for Cultural Unity is a resource center that develops self-awareness and respect for others through the sharing of experiences and cultures. We recognize that we are equal members of a shared community. We listen to experiences and opinions with civility to inform perceptions. We build an emotional bond,sharing our commonalities and valuing our differences.

Led principally by students, the governing body of the Institute for Cultural Unity is comprised of the following student organizations and their leaders:

  • African Student Association
  • Art Force 5 (Drawn to Diversity) (AU's Outreach effort which champions creativity over conflict)
  • Asians in America
  • Caribbean Student Association
  • Hillel at Alfred (AU’s Jewish Culture and Heritage Organization)
  • International Student Club (AU's Global Awareness Club)
  • Newman Club (AU's service club affiliated with St. John's Chapel)
  • Poder Latino (AU’s Hispanic Culture and Heritage Organization)
  • Spectrum (AU’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex and Ally Serving Organization)
  • W.H.E.B+ (AU's Religious Organization for Lesser Known Faith Traditions)
  • Umoja (AU’s Black Student Union)

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ICU Offices

The Institute for Cultural Unity is located on the first floor of the Powell Campus Center and it houses a main suite, a study room and a conference room.

To reserve any of these spaces, please contact one of our Institute Coordinators during office hours. You can reach us by e-mail at or by phone at 607-871-2722.

Diversity programming and student groups affiliated with the ICU hold priority when it comes to reservations.

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The Main Suite

The main suite of the ICU is designed to be a multi-purpose meeting space for up to 30 individuals. It is equipped with a Panasonic 42" 1080p LCD HDTV that is connected to a PC through VGA display and audio to create a "smart room." The TV also has 4 HDMI ports, 2 USB ports, and connections to University cable.


The ICU Meeting Lounge

The Lounge can seat 6 - 8 individuals to have small group meetings. This is a perfect space to have executive board meetings for clubs and organizations.

Study Room

The Study Room

The study room is a great place to get work done with comfortable seating and two networked computers that have print capabilities. There is also a white board and dry-erase markers and materials for students to use. Any student is welcome to use the study room during office hours, and we encourage them to take us up on the offer!

Agent of Change Raymond Ortega

As a student-led resource center, the Institute for Cultural Unity employs several motivated and passionate Work-Study students called Agents of Change to manage its day-to-day operations. The Agents are responsible for communicating on behalf of the ICU, coordinating and maintaining the facilities of the ICU, and acting as peer educators regarding diversity, inclusion, and multiculturalism.

2018-19 Agents

  • Raymond Ortega
  • Mary Snyder
  • Keshawn Laplante
  • Miriam Radwan
  • Makenna Ransom
  • Austin Aiken
  • Carrie Dugan
  • Juan DeLosSantos-Hernandez
  • Mayline Negron
  • Winston Thomas

Organizational Meeting Schedule Fall 2018

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Umoja E-Board

4:00 - 5:00pm
ICU Main Suite
Asians In America

5:00 - 6:00pm
ICU Main Suite
Art Force 6 Class

11:20 - 12:10pm
ICU Main Suite
African Student Association

6:00 - 7:00pm
ICU Main Suite
ICU Exec. Committee

4:00 - 5:00pm
Powell Board Rm

5:30 - 6:30pm
ICU Main Suite
Asians in America E-Board

6:00 - 7:00pm
ICU Main Suite
Art Force 5 Class

2:30 - 3:10pm
ICU Main Suite
CSA E-Board

7:00 - 8:00pm
ICU Main Suite

6:00 - 7:00pm
ICU Main Suite
International Club

4:30 - 5:30pm
ICU Main Suite
Caribbean Student Association

7:00 - 8:00pm
ICU Main Suite
Art Force 5 Meeting

5:00 - 6:00pm

5:30 - 6:30pm
ICU Main Suite
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