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September 26, 2018

Lasell College opened its Intercultural Center and Commuter Cottage (IC3) at a kickoff event in late September, where students were introduced to the new space at 70 Maple Street.

Lasell College Intercultural Center and Commuter Cottage (IC3)

Along with Jesse Tauriac, director of the Donahue Institute for Ethics, Diversity, and Inclusion, several students worked to establish the space and its goals. The group envisions the IC3 as a "vibrant hub for diverse students from every background to meet up, network, and have fun." They hope the center will encourage students to experience different cultures, traditions, and viewpoints in a diverse and welcoming environment, according to the center's founding documents.

Among the students who planned the space's launch party was Emily Huynh '19, a psychology major who has worked with Tauriac at the Donahue Institute since her first year on campus.

"The opening of the IC3 was really emotional ... because I can see in it the manifestation of the tireless work that Jesse and his supporters do every day to increase awareness about inclusive culture on campus," she said.

Students celebrate the opening of Lasell College's Intercultural Center and Commuter Cottage (IC3)

At the core of the IC3's mission are four goals:

  • To support recruitment, retention, and graduation of all students, particularly from historically underserved communities;
  • To expose all students to a range of cultures and perspectives to promote the intercultural competence they need to live, work, and excel within increasingly diverse societies, through programming and social interactions;
  • To provide resources for students, staff, and faculty to better engage prospective applicants, Lasell community members, and alumni;
  • To provide space and resources to deliver multicultural and wellness programming to promote the social engagement and academic success of the College's students.

With this mission in place, Huynh has high hopes for the future.

"Students can feel welcome 24/7, no matter what communities or identities they belong to," she said. "No matter what happens in the future, this shall be a space where students can gather, talk about important issues, share ideas, create memories, and share our vision of love, community, understanding, and inclusion."

The IC3 is comprised of a commuter lounge, which includes a kitchenette, space to study and relax, as well as lockers and computers. The intercultural center includes a welcome space and conference space for student use, as well as offices for Karin Raye, assistant professor of legal studies, Thomas Morgan, coordinator for off-campus living and commuter student services, and Tauriac. 

Students celebrate the opening of Lasell College's Intercultural Center and Commuter Cottage (IC3)