About the MRC

The Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) 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 on January 1, 1998.

MRC's transformative programs, events, and projects are conducted by several coordinators and community organizers, as well as supported by student interns and community volunteers.


MRC engages in cultural and systemic transformation by building with our communities to eliminate barriers to racial justice, cultural dignity, equity and inclusion, and indigenous rights.

OUR Activities

COMMUNITY & CULTURAL ORGANIZING: We conduct and support grassroots participation and activities that lift up underrepresented narratives and work centering people of color, indigenous peoples, low-income, and LGBTQ+ people.

EDUCATION AND CAPACITY-BUILDING: We conduct and support teaching and learning communities that engage in transformative learning, collective action and conscious cultural development.

SYSTEMIC ACCOUNTABILITY: We conduct and support sustainable systemic transformation within individuals, community agencies and institutions.

OUR 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.


Get Involved & Learn More

If you would like to be involved in the work of MRC, or might simply enjoy learning more about what MRC can offer you, please feel free to contact us at coordinator@multiculturalresourcecenter.org

MRC is a member of the Tompkins County Diversity Consortium.