Welcome to Intercultural Affairs!
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, Entertain,
and Educate our campus community. Stop by our office to get acquainted with our amazing
staff and to get involved in programming activities.
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 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.
Click here to register.
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 student body.