International House Davis

$6,973 raised by 50 donors

87% complete

$8,000 Goal

International House Davis has been building community, international understanding, and cultural connections since 1981.  The initial goal was to serve international students and scholars at UC Davis and connect them with the greater local community.  Today, I-House, as our beloved mid-century modern house is affectionately called, is a space for all community members to celebrate our common humanity, share cultural practices and traditions, engage with our differences, foster civic dialogue, and tackle global issues for a better tomorrow.  At I-House, we believe that culture, community, and fellowship are the lifeblood of a healthy and vibrant city, region, and society.  We envision a community where all people belong. 

I-House brings individuals and communities together to explore the global issues of our time and to celebrate culture through talks, workshops, seminars, lectures, and events. We operate from a lens of equity, inclusion, access, and diversity - striving to be at the forefront of conversations around social justice, climate change, and many other issues of global importance.  The rich and diverse programming at I-House is anchored by our signature annual event, International Festival, a free all-day extravaganza of music, dance, crafts, and food from all over the world in Davis's Central Park. 


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Mission

International House Davis is an international cultural center that nurtures the exchange of arts, culture, and ideas to build a vibrant, inclusive, and globally connected Davis community.

Needs

We need support to continue growing as our region's global living room -- a community gathering space to explore global issues, share cultures and traditions from around the world, teach English and world languages, and support international people in our community.

In April 2023, I-House had a full week of programs for the first time since we closed for Covid 3 years ago. We had an evening of Nuyorican poetry, a book chat with a Xicana feminist author, a celebration for international scholars, an English class for Afghan refugee women, and we finished the week by flying over 30 flags from around the world in the UC Davis Picnic Day Parade.

In 2022, I-House Davis gave International Festival back to the community for the first time in 3 years. This FREE festival features 6 hours of music, dance, crafts, and food from all over the world. We also revamped our Learning Program offering conversation groups in English and world languages, a world dance club, and a public speaking workshop for English learners. We ask for your support on Big Day of Giving so that we can continue this momentum to build a globally connected community!

WE NEED SUPPORT TO:

-Continue our English For Afghan Newcomers program, helping Afghan mothers and caregivers learn English so that they can rebuild their lives in our community. This program is FREE for Afghan women.

-Grow our Learning Program that provides culturally-responsive and fun learning opportunities for international and local community members – English, World Languages, Dance, a reading group, Public Speaking and with your BDOG support, more to come (hopefully cooking!)

-Create connections between Davis and the world with programs like our English Practice Partners, pairing local residents with an English learner for an hour of English practice every week.

-Welcome people from around the world to Davis with events for visiting international scholars and families.

-Cultivate joy and connection with music, dance, art and food events that showcase culture from around the world by artists and culture bearers living or visiting Northern California.

Every gift counts – a gift of $25 could mean that a newly-arrived Afghan mother can take the bus to English class so she can communicate with her kid’s teacher. $150 could mean that an English learner can take English classes for a whole year. $300 could support artist fees for a world music concert at I-House.

Thank you for supporting I-House and helping us to make a positive difference in the world and cultivate joy and connection in our local community.

Equity Statement

I-House Statement on Racial Equity:

International House Davis (I-House) is a social gathering space where people from all over the world come together. It is a place dedicated to embracing differences, cultivating joy, combating isolation, and creating a better future grounded in cultural equity. At I-House, our firm stance against racism, oppression, and injustice informs our work for dignity, justice, and belonging. We recognize that the history of slavery, colonialism, and racial inequity in this country disproportionately impacts people of color and affects the ability of all people to thrive. We are committed to addressing historic and systemic racism, striving to be an anti-racist organization, and providing a space to engage in safe and productive civic dialogue. In the face of continued social injustice, we feel it is more important than ever before to celebrate culture, diversity, community, and human connections.

Organization Data

Summary

Organization name

International House Davis

other names

I-House Davis

Year Established

1984

Tax id (EIN)

94-2822342

Mission Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Operating Budget

$250,001-$500,000

Organization Need

Funding: Unrestricted, Funding: Program, Volunteers

Local Counties Served

Yolo

Equity Statement

Equity Statement

Address

10 College Park
Davis, CA 95616

Service areas

Davis, CA, US

Yolo, CA, US

Phone

530-753-5007

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