Western Carolina offers many ways for all students to engage with people from different backgrounds and support programs for diverse students:
Western Carolina PEAKS is our residential first-year experience for freshmen. PEAKS is a caring community that provides new students with a strong foundation for their academic career at WCU.
Intercultural Affairs Department — 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.
Department of Student Community Ethics (DSCE) — strives to make WCU a positive living and learning environment through outreach and education to the university and surrounding community.
Student Concern Response Team (SCRT) — meets regularly to confidentially share information and discuss students that may be going through a difficult situation.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) — provides services that empower students to engage in and be successful in a full range of academic, social and cultural endeavors through fostering psychological wellness.
Sexual Assault Awareness — provides awareness, resources, and education for students, employees, parents, and visitors concerning sexual assault: what it is – what to do if it happens – where to go for support – and much more.
Black Student Union — promotes activities of common interest, as well as cultural and educational benefits for the African American student body.
Latino Appreciation Student Organization — promotes the Hispanic and LatinX culture as well as current issues through social, informative, and educational programs.
WCU Inspirational Gospel Choir — the fundamental purpose of the choir is to lead people in worship of Almighty God.
Digali'i: Native American Student Organization - to provide the opportunities for learning and promoting Native American history, culture, and contributions and for volunteering in our Native communities. We seek to foster the connection between the Cherokee and campus communities and are committed to promoting the significance of all Native American tribes.
Asian Student Association - to improve better understanding of the Asian cultures of Western Carolina University and strengthen the Asian student body. Ending cultural stereotypes and prejudice is a major goal for the Asian Student Association.
National Panhellenic Council – The National Pan-Hellenic Council was founded in 1930 to serve as a governing body to the nine nationally recognized historically black fraternities and sororities. Its purpose is to foster cooperative actions of its members in dealing with matters of mutual concern.
National Society for Black Engineers — Collegiate Membership is open to any undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM).