Intercultural House Open House

Issue Date: 
October 8, 2007

InterCultural House (ICH) of Pittsburgh, located on North Dithridge Street near the Oakland campus, hosted an open house on Sept. 15. Founded in 1969, ICH provides a place for Black and White college students to live together cooperatively in roughly equal numbers in an effort for them to learn and appreciate each other’s attitudes and values. ICH Vice President Michele Tyler said many board members are present or past students, faculty, or staff of the University of Pittsburgh. Guests at the open house included several members of the first ICH in 1970.

In the back row, from left, are Bernard Mack, earliest resident of the house; current resident Eliada Nwosu; William Tiga Tita, first resident director; former resident Richard Utley; Linda Lane, deputy superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools; current resident director Selasi Blavo; ICH board member Michael Gunzenhauser, a visiting professor in Pitt’s School of Education; ICH founder John Tyler; ICH board members Gretchen Generett, Robert Morris University education professor; and Robert Hill, Pitt vice chancellor for public affairs. Current residents include, center row, from left, Peace Ike, Eunice Park, Nancy Taylor, and Julie Nagashima; and front row, Jamar Thrasher, current ICH program director Carla Cummings, Catherine Balsamo, Frank Lee, Kavin Paulraj, Christopher Fleissner, Laurel Friend, and Paige Carlson.