We encourage students to find a home, explore their interests, and develop lifelong passions while participating in ICA student clubs and programs. Being involved and active on campus is the quickest way for students to find others who share their interests and helps develop friendships that will make the college experience rich and meaningful. Below are some ways in which you can get involved.
Project C.A.R.E. (Committed to African-American Retention in Education) is a combination of programs seeking to improve the academic performance and retention of Western Carolina University's African-American student population. The program introduces African-American freshman and transfer students to student leaders who serve as peer counselors helping them to adjust to college life socially, culturally, and academically. While Project CARE was initially created to serve African-American students it is open to all freshman and transfer students regardless of their ethnicity. For more information about Project CARE, click the link on the left hand side of the page.
The Whee E.M.P.O.W.E.R. program aims to build powerful relationships between students, develop a community of women on campus, and assist female first-year female students with their transition to college. This program will also introduce participants to ideals founded in women's issues and leadership. Topics that will be introduced in the mentoring program will focus on: their transition to college, building networks of support, women's issues, and campus services. More information can be found by clicking the link on the left hand side of the page.
MALES (Men Actively Leading and Encouraging Success) is a new male mentoring program created by students with the purpose of providing young men with the tools necessary to succeed. MALES is committed to equipping college aged males at Western Carolina University with leadership skills, interview skills, and other life skills to help them be prosperous during and after college. This program is set to launch in the Fall of 2015. Check back for more information.
Intercultural Student Groups and Organizations
There are many intercultural student groups and organization at Western Carolina University, including cultural groups, LGBTQIA+ groups, faith based groups, and more. For a full list of intercultural groups and organization click the link on the left hand side of the page.