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Institute for Cultural Connections

Learning to connect - Connecting to Learn

Mission

The Institute for Cultural Connections is a student-centered, faculty-driven initiative to enrich education through culture benefiting MCC and our surrounding community.

goals

Instruct - To enable faculty to enhance learning and curriculum through culture.
Cultivate - To expand students’ experience through cultural encounters.
Connect - To encourage the development, preservation and display of culture in our community.

Instruct

Instruct - To enable faculty to enhance learning and curriculum through culture.

To accomplish this, we will:
  • Create and maintain a cultural calendar for the college and community.
  • Create a location where teachers can share information about guest speakers.
  • Develop a database to serve as a repository for cultural artifacts, speakers, lesson plans and faculty and student research.
  • Sponsor a cultural training seminar for MCC faculty.
  • Facilitate multi-cultural/cultural events on campus.
  • Host an annual culture conference at MCC.

Values

  • We honor Omaha's rich and diverse tapestry of cultures, woven over the years by many people, by seeking to preserve their experiences.
  • We challenge students to develop a life-long love of learning based in their wealth of cultural experience.
  • We nurture a more harmonious college and community by helping our students acquire the education, skills and resources necessary to prosper in a global and multi-cultural world.

Cultivate

Cultivate - To expand students' experience through cultural encounters.

To accomplish this, we will:
  • Provide discounted tickets through area arts and cultural organizations.
  • Subsidize student attendance at cultural events.
  • Coordinate and subsidize transportation to selected events.
  • Invite students to share their unique cultural experiences through activities sponsored by the ICC.
  • Secure funding/grant support to promote multicultural programming.
  • Encourage student attendance at the ICC's annual cultural conference.

Connect

Connect - To encourage the development, preservation and display of culture in our community.

To accomplish this, we will:
  • Create and maintain a cultural calendar for the college and community.
  • Develop a database to serve as a repository for cultural artifacts.
  • Coordinate a community cultural advisory council.
  • Facilitate community multi-cultural and cultural events.
  • Collaborate with students/faculty from other institutions.
  • Collaborate with faculty and others on research projects.
  • Maintain a map of multi-cultural community locations, such as restaurants, churches etc.

Upcoming Events

Know of any upcoming events not on our calendar? Please click here on Suggest an Event. Events will be posted to the calendar after being reviewed by the ICC.

Contact Us

Email: icc@mccneb.edu
To submit a new event, click here on the  ICC Calendar or contact one of our faculty members:
Gary Toth: gtoth@mccneb.edu, 531-622-4678
Jim Van Arsdall: jvanarsdall@mccneb.edu, 531-622-2614
Tulani Grundy-Meadows: trgrundy@mccneb.edu, 531-622-4032
Laura Chambers: lchambers3@mccneb.edu, 531-622-2212
Susan Trinkle: vstrinkle@mccneb.edu, 531-622-1342
Rebecca Orsini: rlorsini@mccneb.edu