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Center for Cultural Resources: About the CCR

The Center for Cultural Resources (CCR) at Indiana University Southeast is designated as an integral part of the IU Southeast Curriculum Materials Center for Education students, area teachers, and others involved in diversity education.

History of the CCR

The Center for Cultural Resources was born from a series of international travels by professors and friends of Indiana University Southeast who believe that authentic replicas of culture in bias-free materials and hands-on experiences will foster global understanding among all ages, abilities, and ethnic groups. Since the early 1990s the CCR, located in the IU Southeast Library has grown from 134 "tubs of stuff" to a theme-organized collection, consisting of over 100 sets of resource tubs representing 200 world countries, available to educators and learners throughout the Kentuckiana area. Today the Center continues to grow as an all-volunteer-donation center with no dues or planned source of funding other than gifts, grants, and the facilities provided by the IUS Library. As far as we know, the CCR is a unique entity in the IUS System and the State of Indiana.

Mission of the CCR

The mission of the Center for Cultural Resources is to facilitate an acceptance of and appreciation for personal and global diversity by and among all people.

CCR Purposes:
 
To provide a sound, systematic basis for study of unity-diversity within teacher education with focus on issues of race, ethnic background, social class, religion, history, gender, age, and ability.
 
To provide a sound, systematic basis for study of unity-diversity within teacher education with focus on issues of race, ethnic background, social class, religion, history, gender, age, and ability.
 
To encourage a wide variety of teaching strategies in a thematic and culture-focused curriculum.
 
To provide an information/resource center for:
  • Disseminating cultural resources kits to schools, organizations, and individuals in the Kentuckiana area.
  • Conducting workshops, seminars, and social events
  • Co-sponsoring culturally related projects (Lewis & Clark, Indiana Women, Developmental Assets)
  • Providing workspace and assistance for cultural research, planning, and resources.

The Center, located in the IUS Library Curriculum Materials Center, is staffed and supported by Indiana University Southeast students, Directors of the Center, IUS Library Staff, a Board of Directors and volunteers.

Founders

Carolyn Diener and Dr. Claudia Crump - Co-Founders

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