A local hub of international culture

Our Cause

I-House is an international culture center dedicated to nurturing the exchange of arts, culture and ideas to cuild a culturally vibrant, globally connected and inclsuive community. People from all over the world come together in our beloved gathering space to celebrate our common humanity, share cultural practices and traditions, engage with our differences, cultivate joy, combat isolation, and foster civic dialogue. 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 vibrant community in which all people belong. Our programs, classes, services, and events provide opportunities to learn about and experience cultures from around the world, while building connections within our diverse local community.

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 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.

I-House has established a community code of conduct to create a safe, productive and welcoming space and to combat the racism and systems of oppression that often come through in our interpersonal interactions.

Our People

Shelly Gilbride

Executive Director
Phone: 530-723-2288

Michael Pereira

Facilities and Programs Manager
Phone: 530-341-2285

Johanna Abasto

Marketing and Communications
Phone: 530-302-6636

Yun Lyu

Administrative and Programs Assistant

Board of Directors

  • Chair: Jim Hill
  • Vice Chair: Edward Callahan
  • Secretary: Leilani Buggenhagen
  • Treasurer: Amanda Chehrezad
  • Joanna Regulska, Ex-Officio
  • Irena Asmundson
  • Bob Biggs
  • Tina Castillo
  • Logan Legg
  • Diego Martinez-Campos
  • Susan Hawkins
  • Kristen Shepard
  • Brian Sway
  • Mikael Villalobos

Our Home

Thanks to a generous gift from Mr. and Mrs. Shunta Yamamoto of Tokyo, I-House found a home at 10 College Park in 1984. The Yamamotos wanted to create a unique space for cultural learning. Our historic building occupies a perfect location right between UC Davis, a world-renowned university, and the growing city of Davis. Our programming is rooted in our distinctive space, and through committed collaborative efforts, in the communities where we live and serve. Our classes, programs, and events attract participants from throughout the Sacramento region. 

Our Partners

Davis Coworking has a new home downstairs at I-House!

Are you looking to do work? Davis Coworking is here for you.

Amenities include 24/7 access, WIFI, printing, kitchenette, outdoor patio, free parking and green surroundings. All memberships includes fair use access to our conference rooms as well. Memberships start at $150 a month. Go to https://www.davis-coworking.com/ to learn more!

UC Davis Humphreys Program

International House Davis is the working home to the UC Davis Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows. UC Davis supports mid-career fellows from countries with developing and emerging economies in the fields of agricultural and rural development, natural resource management. and environmental science. Alongside their leadership projects, Humphrey Fellows at UC Davis also participate in community events, volunteer with local organizations, and provide course lectures on campus and in the community.

Work With Us

International House Davis is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, reproductive health decisions, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, genetic information, political views or activity, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

We believe our work is stronger when it benefits from the experience, knowledge and wisdom of people who have faced systemic barriers and encourage applications from candidates with lived experiences as members of historically underrepresented communities.

The benefits of working at I-House include paid sick leave, the option to enroll in a 401K plan, paid time off for parental leave, a flexible schedule depending on business needs, and either paid holidays or holiday pay, depending on your schedule. Full-time employees are also eligible for health insurance, vision insurance, and paid vacation time.

Volunteer With Us

International House Davis relies upon an incredible team of volunteers and interns to serve our community. Volunteers implement programs, work events, help maintain the house and help guide our programming. I-House runs many programs with their support and dedication to our mission.

You can find a volunteer opportunity that fits your skills and interests. Here are some of the types of opportunities available to be a part of the I-House community of service.

Our Supporters

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