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MRC has been dedicated to building community through cultural and political education, antiracism organizing, and cross-cultural movement building for 30 years!


The Multicultural Resource Center was formed in 1987 by Marcia Fort, a woman of color & leader in the community and Eileen Brown a white ally, as a project of the Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC). It formed to address the lack of ethnic, cultural cross-community understanding in schools and communities in Ithaca by starting a multicultural resource library located in the Beverly J. Martin public elementary school. The MRC was incorporated in 1998 by Audrey Cooper, an indigenous woman and community leader who helped widen MRC’s scope of programs and projects.



“The New Jim Crow” Community Book Read

Talking Circles On Race & Racism

Ultimate Reentry Opportunity

ReEntry Mentoring Program

Youth Organizing Fellowship

MRC Lending Resources

Artist & Film Series

Sister Friends

First Peoples’ Festival

Workshops & Trainings

Community Projects & Partnerships



The New Jim Crow Community Read organized 800 unique participants, 35 book groups, 8 monthly

events, distributed 2,000 books, and decisively shifted community narrative and capacity for action

around incarceration & racially biased policing.

We fully redesigned the curriculum and coordination process of the Talking Circles on Race and

Racism to meet contemporary community needs, recruited 8 new facilitators, and ran 6 redesigned

circles for 57 participants.

MRC’s cultural events including the First Peoples’ Festival, Artist and Film Series, Sister Friends,

Community Voices, and the Muslim Mural Project brought together over 4,400 participants to

increase community-building and building arts and cultural strategies for social change.

125 people attended MRC’s Inauguration Day Bystander Intervention Training which provided

community members with tools and skills to address hate crimes showing up in public.


Welcome to the Multicultural resource center!

Although we are a small organization, we have deep impact in our communities. There are many things happening at MRC, so please check back regularly to see what we're up to. We invite you to browse through all our webpages and learn more about the important work we do in our communities and the people who make it happen. Also, make sure to sign up to MRC's Bi-Monthly Newsletter below! 

Peace and Love! ~Fabina B. Colon, MRC Director

MRC's Guiding principles:

We honor the fundamental dignity, sovereignty, and inherent power of all people! Our commitment to the changes we wish to inform and inspire in our communities are guided by the following ways of working:

  • We honor our human rights, challenge injustice and resist systems of oppression.

  • We honor First Peoples’ knowledge, our elders, and the histories of our communities.
  • We honor seeing and being seen, listening and being heard.
  • We honor intergenerational collective leadership.
  • We honor leading with cultural intelligence.
  • We honor leading from knowledge that is experiential, lived and comes from first-person voice.
  • We honor accountability to one another and to the work for both the intention and impact of our words and actions.
  • We honor cultural and arts expression as a central guide to advance our goals and mission.
  • We honor life-long learning and working from a place of humility.
  • We honor racial and cultural healing as key ingredients to sustain our movement and persevere through the challenges that come with our work.
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