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Ettihad means "unity" or “alliance” in multiple languages from the Ettihad Cultural Center’s community including Farsi, Urdu, Hebrew and Arabic. The Ettihad Cultural Center is inclusive of communities from the Horn of Africa, North Africa, West Asia, Central Asia, and South Asia. The Ettihad Cultural Center initially established itself as a student organization in the spring of 2012 and then eventually became a Cultural Resource Center with the grand opening of the Ettihad Cultural Center on October 2014 in Snell Hall 424. Ettihad Cultural Center since relocated to their current home at the Student Experience Center in SEC 380.
The Ettihad Cultural Center focuses on hosting culture-specific and culture-general programming throughout the year and in collaboration with student organizations on campus and in our community. The center hosts various educational and entertaining events to encourage cross-cultural understanding and cooperation. Their signature event, the annual Ettihad Cultural Festival started on May 19, 2013. Each spring, the festival aims to celebrate the immense diversity of the Ettihad community through music, dance, art, performances, traditional dress and amazing food (and more). The Ettihad Cultural Center is delighted in the authentic sense of community in their festival that has attracted thousands of folks annually.
The Ettihad Cultural Center was initially formed as the Ettihad Cultural Community in response to an increased need for representation and support for international and domestic students from the region. The term “ettihad” is the central principle for the center, as the community aims to keep the sense of community and oneness alive while respecting the differences that the various cultures may have. The Ettihad Cultural Center prides itself in housing a space for community members to embrace their cultures, their histories, their struggles, their triumphs, and to embrace it all in unity.
Our space and resources we offer are open to all students, faculty, staff, and OSU community.
For the majority of students who work at ECC or spend time in the main gathering hall, Ettihad is not only a Cultural Resource Center—it offers a taste of family and community. It is a family of diverse individuals who encourage curiosity about others, who believe in trying new experiences, and forming lasting friendships with individuals across racial or ethnic divides. In the past few years; ECC has already shown immense maturity and growth, both as a community of campus leaders and as committed social justice advocates.
Thanks to mentoring and support from DCE and OSU leadership in general, ECC is now fully functional as a cultural and resource center that organizes year-round programs. Some of the signature events for the ECC are as follows:
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