John D. Rockefeller Jr. believed that if American and international students could live, study, and engage in multicultural programs together, they would both build friendships and global understanding. In 1932, he gave that belief life at International House at the University of Chicago, which is today one of 20 members of the International Houses Worldwide network. Through the generous support of alumni and friends worldwide, the University of Chicago Campaign: Inquiry and Impact has provided resources to support and strengthen the role and mission of International House.
Preserving International House: Many of the building’s signature spaces were restored, ensuring that these classic spaces are up-to-date for recitals and world music concerts, lectures and international conferences, cultural heritage celebrations, and other civic and global affairs activities—ensuring that I-House continues to engage with the world for decades to come.
Support for Student Life: At International House a truly global community comes together in a setting that instills leadership, respect, and friendship among students and scholars. With support from the campaign, International House established the Graduate Commons Program, which offers UChicago graduate students new opportunities to become involved in our dynamic and diverse community. Graduate Commons has allowed us to offer 60+ fellowships and internships to non-resident UChicago graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and sponsors programs to help ensure the exceptional diversity of the graduate community connected to International House.
Global Voices Public Programming: The Global Voices Performing Arts and Lecture Series includes musical and other performances, outreach programs with international organizations, collaborations with foreign consulates, language exchanges, and forums led by distinguished guest speakers. Support from alumni and friends and the UChicago Campaign has established and strengthened endowments bolstering the International House’s role as a locus for multicultural engagement and exchange.
- The John E. Bishop Fund to promote cross-cultural understanding and the exchange of ideas among students and scholars of all nations and backgrounds.
- The Weil-Parker Fund to provide support for performing arts programs with a special emphasis on classical music programs.
- The Birendra K. and Anila Sinha Fund for Indian Performing Arts to provide support for Indian classical performing arts programs.
- Strengthened the Rockefeller Fund to support programs.
- Global Voices Fund to support our Global Voices Performing Arts and Lecture Series.
- Ralph W. Nicholas Fellowship Fund to provide support for graduate students from South Asia or in South Asian Studies.
- Strengthened the Borg-Warner Foundation Fellowship Fund to support fellowships for international graduate students.