The mission of the Institute for Cross-Cultural Studies is to provide opportunities for academic study, programs, and services designed to encourage cultural, academic, social, personal growth and understanding among the Adrian College community.
Who We Are
The Institute of Cross-Cultural Studies reflects Adrian College’s commitment to creating an equitable learning and social environment, where a wide range of perspectives, experiences, and academic interests are promoted in and out of the classroom. In particular, we aim to work with student organizations to promote community awareness of how social differences and cultural practices, as well as pressing contemporary issues related to race, class, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and/or disability impact our society, our learning environment, and our personal growth. To promote these goals, we seek to provide scholarly platforms that allow Adrian College’s students to work as public intellectuals as they engage in political interests and social causes that enhance diverse and inclusive habits of mind.
What We Do
This year, the Institute of Cross-Cultural Studies has adopted the theme of “Democratic Futures.” In doing so, we seek to stimulate discussions and forge alternative paths toward an inclusive and democratic society. Throughout the year, we will sponsor and support a variety of campus events and promote digital learning and participation to facilitate this theme. To provide an outlet for student scholarship and to embolden the entire campus community to work as public intellectuals, the Institute of Cross-Cultural Studies, in conjunction with the History Department, will be the online host for the “History of Now” blog. This blog will serve as a scholarly domain for students and faculty to write and comment on the historical origins of today’s most pressing political topics, social issues, and cultural trends. It is also a unique space to access the very best of Adrian College’s student research. In this spirit of democratic inclusion, we welcome ideas, input, and volunteers from all disciplines, student organizations, and offices on campus that wish to contribute. Please join us as we work to support a democratic future for spirited engagement.