Engage. Exchange. Enlighten.
Intercultural Affairs (ICA) works with all members of the University to provide a
campus environment where students from different backgrounds and culture groups feel
appreciated, respected and valued. Through educational, social, and leadership programs,
ICA promotes inclusive values of social justice and human dignity while preparing
students to thrive in a diverse and interconnected world.
Our goal is to engage the WCU community, foster the exchange of ideas between students,
faculty and staff, and enlighten our campus community. Stop by our office to get acquainted
with our amazing staff and to get involved in programming activities.
Faculty & Staff
We're here to support students like you during your time here at Western Carolina
Whether you're looking for a place to spend some down time between classes or a way
to meet new friends, our events and programs throughout the year offer a variety of
opportunities to enrich your college experience.
Explore all our programs below and we hope to see you on campus!
Cultural Immersion Excursion
This annual experience is designed to expose students to persons or groups markedly
different in culture (ethnicity, language, and socioeconomic status) from that of themselves and create awareness for the world around them.
Our Fall 2018 Excursion was: American Heritage Tour: The Counter-Narrative. 46 Students
traveled to Virginia, Washington DC and New York City!
In this festive celebration of queer culture, performers dress in gendered costumes
and serenade an appreciative and adoring audience.
Hats off to Women
A biennial networking luncheon where young women can connect with experienced female
leaders on campus and in the community to receive advice, words of wisdom and motivation
to aid in their own academic and career journeys. The next Hats Off To Women will
be March 24th, 2020.
ICA Graduation Celebration
The Department of Intercultural Affairs developed this graduation celebration as a
way to honor students from underrepresented populations and their contributions to
the Western Carolina University community. We wish to provide them with a tangible
symbol to wear during WCU's graduation and keep with them after graduation as a reminder
of their time at WCU and the support that they have available for their future endeavors.
Any student who wishes to celebrate their graduation with ICA is welcomed to participate.
A high energy platform for diverse student organizations to present themselves to
the community in creative and innovative ways.
Join us in the UC Theatre the first week of the fall semester to learn about the Department
of Intercultural Affairs. You'll have a chance to meet our staff, interact with students
from NPHC organizations and Registered Student Organizations (RSO's). Plus, there's
free food! Don't miss out.
Nothing says "welcome back to WCU" like a Caribbean festival. Join ICA every other
year for an evening full of music, food, and traditional J'ouvert activities. And
of course, you won't want to miss snagging your free t-shirt! The next J'ouvert will
be Fall 2020.
MLK Jr. Commemoration Events
Poverty is a reality for many individuals and families. But unless you've experienced
poverty, it's difficult to truly understand. The Poverty Simulation bridges that gap
from misconception to understanding. This simulation is an interactive immersion experience.
It sensitizes community participants to the realities of poverty.
These events will be DegreePlus and will be worth R&R credit.
Project CARE aims to improve academic performance and the retention of underrepresented students
at Western Carolina University. In an effort to apply theory to practice, Intercultural
Affairs has designed this program as a proactive measure to address the academic challenges
underrepresented students face at Predominately White Institutions (PWIs). This program
pairs first year and transfer student participants with student leaders who serve
as peer counselors who help them to adjust to college life academically, culturally,
The Project C.A.R.E. program is FULL for the 2019-2020 academic year. If you would like to be put on a waiting list please REGISTER HERE
Western Carolina University is committed to the safety and security of our campus
community. Through the Red Zone education campaign we educate students to bring awareness
to and to prevent sexual misconduct and violence.
The 'Red Zone' is commonly known as the period of time for college students during
which they are at higher risk of experiencing sexual violence, coercion, and/or manipulation.
The 'Red Zone' is typically defined as the first six weeks of the semester but we
will host Red Zone activities and programs throughout the year to foster an informed
MORE INFORMATION HERE.
The Safe Zone program provides training to all students, faculty, staff, and community members
who are interested in increasing awareness of and sensitivity to issues of gender
and sexuality. In order to receive Safe Zone certification, individuals must attend
both a Part I and a Part II training.
Tunnel of Oppression
An interactive program that allows students, faculty and staff to have an experience
with oppression, discrimination, and injustice to heighten awareness and encourage
a personal commitment to ending oppression in all forms. The program usually takes
about 50 minutes and includes a facilitated group discussion led by CAPS trained volunteers.
Spring 2019 Tunnel was a success! Thank you to all the hard working students, staff
and faculty that helped.
For more information go to DSA.WCU.EDU/TUNNEL
Western Carolina University has over 170 registered student organizations many of which
support students from a variety of cultures and diverse backgrounds.
Whether you're looking for an organization that supports LGBTQIA+ identified students
and allies, or a group which promotes the cultural and educational benefits for the
African American student body, or Hispanic and LatinX culture, or Native American
culture, there is a group on campus for you.
Explore the organizations below through WCU Engage, an interactive platform for our student organizations to feature their groups and
Faculty and Staff
The Department of Intercultural Affairs is available to give Diversity Presentations
to classes, student groups, departments, and other groups on campus. The purpose of
these presentations is to cultivate a campus community that is accepting, knowledgeable
and sensitive in diversity issues.
Request a Diversity Presentation
SAFE ZONE TRAINING
The Safe Zone program provides training to all faculty and staff members who are interested
in increasing awareness of and sensitivity to issues of gender and sexuality. In order
to receive Safe Zone certification, individuals must attend both a Part I and a Part
REGISTER TO ATTEND
Rainbow 101 Faculty/ Staff is a workshop designed for faculty & staff to better understand
inclusive practices & how to be more supportive of LGBTQIA+ individuals in the classroom
& community. Topics covered include basic terminology and concepts and examples of
microaggressions against LGBTQIA+ people.
REGISTER TO ATTEND