Each year ICA offers a variety of programs celebrating the rich cultural heritage and diversity of the university and its students. ICAs programs and events are educational in nature and are meant to spread awareness and create dialogue. Students are encouraged to attend and participate in these events.
Cultural Heritage Events
ICA works closely with student groups to assist with programming around the different cultural heritage months. Some examples of programs include salsa dancing with LASO, the Native American Expo with Cherokee Studies and Digali'i, and Black Awareness Week with BSU.
This year our LGBTQIA+ week will take place during the month of October, which is also national LGBT History Month! Mark your calendars for October 5th-8th, 2015 and check back frequently for up-to-date information on events. During this week we will be observing National Coming Day, holding a panel discussion on being out at work, discussing the policing of gender, celebrating famous LGBTQIA-identified historical figures, and concluding the week with a "Fabulous & Fierce Drag Bingo" event! You won't want to miss out.
Love Your Body Week
Love Your Body Week will kick-off Monday, October 26th, 2015 with our exciting "#MirrorlessMonday: Send Your Insecurities to the Grave" event where participants will have the opportunity to create a personalized tombstone that marks a commitment to loving yourself and others, just in time for Halloween! Other events will include body positive fitness opportunities, fat talk free zones, dialogues on masculinity, and other societal beauty standards.
Lunch and Learn
Lunch and Learn is a series of in depth, intimate conversations around current events, social justice and diversity. Lunch and Learns will be the 1st Wednesday of every month from 12:20 to 1:30 p.m. in the ICA Lounge on the 2ND floor of the UC. Lunch will be provided.
MLK Jr. Commemoration Events
MLK Jr. Commemoration Events take place in January around the national observance of MLK Jr. Day. Events include a unity march, round table discussions, keynote speakers, and more. For more information about MLK Jr.Commemoration Events, click the link on the left hand side of the page.
Red Zone Events
Red Zone events will take place throughout the 2015-2016 academic year in order to raise awareness around sexual assault, relationship violence, and giving consent. Join us at the start of the semester on Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 for the "Are You Seeing Red?" Informational Fair to learn more about Red Zone and pick up some free swag! We will also be conducting campus safety walks and holding a number of events around healthy relationships, safe sex practices, and bystander intervention.
Sexual Assault Awareness Week
Sexual Assault Awareness Week will take place April 4th-8th, 2016 and will include annual events such as Take Back The Night and The Clothesline Project. Check back in the spring for an updated list of events!
Tunnel of Oppression
The Tunnel of Oppression is an interactive event that takes place on a number of college campuses each year in order to highlight contemporary issues of oppression. The event originated as a diversity program in 1993 at Western Illinois University and has since expanded nationwide, introducing students to concepts such as power, privilege, and oppression.
Tunnel of Oppression participants will walk through various rooms that focus on a particular social justice issue with an assigned tour guide. While the situations encountered may make some uncomfortable, the Tunnel is designed to be emotional and make participants think critically about what is experienced in the room. The scenes that take place in the Tunnel are not meant to be representative of all people who have experienced oppression. Instead, they are intended to portray one example of how oppression may be experienced.
According to the V-Day foundation, more than $90 billion dollars been raised since the program's inception, while in 2012, over 5,800 events were held to educate participants and build a movement. The Department of Intercultural Affairs is proud to be a part of the global V-Day Movement and sponsor WCU's annual production of The Vagina Monologues to raise awareness about violence against women and girls as well as support the local organizations who work effortlessly to serve the community.
World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day is a series of events dedicated to AIDS/HIV awareness, education and prevention. World AIDS Day programs are usually hosted during the first week of December, to coincide with the national World AIDS Day.