Welcome to Intercultural Affairs
Are you as excited about the new semester as I am? On behalf of the entire staff of
the Department of Intercultural Affairs (ICA), I welcome you to our webpage. 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, Entertain, and Educate our campus
community. I encourage you to stop by our office to get acquainted with our amazing
staff and to get involved in programming activities. It is only through your participation
that Intercultural Affairs will continue to THRIVE!!!!
Director, Intercultural Affairs
Learn with Us
We offer a variety of learning opportunities throughout the year and invite you to
be a part of these important events.
cultural immersion excursion
This bi-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.
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 are to cultivate a campus community that is accepting, knowledgeable
and sensitive in diversity issues.
Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity Education (C.A.S.E.) programs are intentional sessions
that were designed to increase awareness and develop the attitudes, knowledge, and
skills of the student population around the concepts of Culture, Inclusiveness, Civic
Engagement and Leadership in an increasingly diverse world. These sessions are aimed
at providing introductory context to the concept of inclusion. All voices, experiences,
and perspectives are appreciated and welcomed in these conversations.
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,
the Department of Intercultural Affairs has designed this program as a proactive measure
to address the academic challenges underrepresented students face at Predominately
White Institutions (PWIs). The 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, and socially.
The Intercultural Conference is an annual 1-day conference hosted by the Department
of Intercultural Affairs at Western Carolina University that is open to students (WCU
and other colleges/universities), faculty, staff, and community members. Originally
known as the Women’s Leadership Conference, the Intercultural Conference will now
have yearly rotating themes in order to explore and celebrate diversity and inclusion.