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Intercultural Student Groups and Organizations

For more information on any of these organizations, contact the Office of Leadership and Student Involvment or log on to OrgSync.

Asian Student Association (ASA) 

The Asian Student Association strives to unite and represent the Asian American student body at Western Carolina University. The goals of the organization are:
  • To build and strengthen the unity and awareness of Asian American culture in Cullowhee, North Carolina
  • To increase awareness of our diverse language, culture, and history through hosting social events, educational events, cultural events, and university and community service
  • To encourage growth of leadership, friendship, and kinship
  • To exchange knowledge and help other students in higher education
  • To extend friendship to other clubs and organizations

Events/Programs: Asian Heritage Month

Baptist Student Fellowship
The Baptist Student Fellowship is established for the purpose of growing students in their faith, love and service of God, and developing their understanding of Gods mission in the world.

BBC@WCU exists to glorify God by "Reaching Up" in worship, "Reaching In" through community, and "Reaching Out" through service.

Black Student Union (BSU) BSU. strives to uphold dignity, self-respect, and cultural awareness through the promotion of leadership, scholarship, social activities, and diversity.

BSU, formally known as the Organization of Ebony Students, was established to promote unity among African American students and to provide activities and events that pertain to African American culture. BSU is a very active and visible organization on the WCU campus. Our goal is to make Western a more enjoyable place for our African American students, and to help majority students recognize the many positive contributions of African Americans.

Events/Programs: Black Awareness Week, Miss BSU Pageant

Blue Ridge Community Church Student Group
Blue Ridge Community Church Student Group is student portion of the Blue Ridge Community Church. Blue Ridge Community Church Student Group believes that serving Jesus Christ and serving the world does not happen by standing alone on a hill and shouting.  Instead, that Jesus' best reflection shines from many mirrors.  So, we are excited to partner with other Christ-centered churches and ministries to help people: know and love Jesus (Worship Christ), grow in their faithfulness to Christ (Equip to Live for Christ), and use every loving means to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with every man, woman and child in our communities.

Campus Church (C2)
Campus Church is a non-denominational, contemporary Christian Church that exists to see imperfect people moved into a relationship with a perfect God.

Campus Rock
Campus Rock is a nondenominational Christian outreach at Western Carolina University. We seek to present the truth of Jesus Christ to the campus of WCU.  Campus Rock is a ministry of Covenant Christian Church in Sylva.

Catholic Campus Ministires
The purpose of the Catholic Campus Ministries is to minister to the needs of the Catholic students, staff and faculty of Western Carolina University, and to create and sustain a welcoming community open to all WCU students based in the faith, traditions, and customs of the Roman Catholic Church.

Collegians for Christ
Collegians for Christ is a Christian Bible Study club with the goal of reaching college campuses with the gospel of Jesus Christ. We meet once a week and have a Bible study, where there is a lesson being taught, and we have open discussion afterwards. The other goal is to help fellow
Christians on the college campus in their walk with God.

Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) is an inter-denominational campus ministry.  Cru is about three basic things: Experiencing
Community, Encountering Christ, and Engaging our World.  Cru looks to experience community through our various socials, weekend getaways, and hangout times throughout the week.  They look to encounter Christ through worship, prayer, and Bible study at weekly meeting and weekly, student-led Bible studies called Life Groups.  Cru looks to engage their world through evangelism and outreach both on and off campus.

Di-Ga-Li-I Native American Student Organization 
This Native American Student Organization has developed a united community on Western Carolina’s campus and encourages better involvement, increased outreach and also represents a strong educational background that is preserved at WCU. Members of Di-Ga-Li-I are mostly of Native American decent but anyone with a willingness to learn about Native American culture is welcome for membership.

Events/Programs: Native American Expo, Cherokee Studies

Fellowship for Christian Athletes
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is touching millions of lives one heart at a time. Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has
been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of
athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA is the largest Christian sports organization in the world. FCA focuses on serving local
communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ.

Inspirational Choir
The Inspirational Choir promotes African-American culture through song. Each year forty to fifty students of all majors perform in churches and schools throughout the Southeast. Inspirational Choir is not available for college credit.

Individuals Recognizing Identities and Sexualities (IRIS)
Individuals Recognizing Identies and Sexualities, or IRIS, sees to provide a safe space, sense of community, support, education, and programming for LGBTQIA+ and ally students.

Meetings and activities for IRIS include discussions about identity, education on topis relevant to the LGBTQIA+ community, campus outreach and education, participation in Safe Zone Training, and social activited focused on building community.  Through these things and more, IRIS aims to enable LGBTQIA+ and ally students to better adjust to campus life, learn more about their own identities and the identities of others, make connections to the wider campus community, and learn to be better advocates for themselves and others.

All students are welcome to attend IRIS meetings and events. In addition to it's weekly meetings, IRIS seeks to host both educational and social eents for the campus community in order to educate the campus on LGBTQIA+ issues and to make WCU a safer place for all students, regardless of gender or sexual identity. Many of the programmatic initiatives of IRIS are also in conjunction with the Safe Zone program.

International Friends Campus Ministry (IF)
IF Campus reaches out to international students @ WCU by helping to meet their unique practical needs and welcoming them to Western North Carolina.

International Studies Club
he purpose of the International Studies Club is to enhance members’ knowledge of international studies, to educate members about world cultures, customs, traditions, ancestry, religions, languages, values, economies, and institutions, to give students the opportunity to become acquainted with international students, international community members, as well as community members who work with international issues on a daily basis and to promote awareness and understanding of internationalization and world cultures and institutions on the WCU campus.

Membership is open to all students interested in International Studies.  

 Jewish Student Organization 
The Jewish Student Organization (JSO) is Western Carolina University’s recognized Jewish student organization on campus. The purpose of JSO is to provide all interested individuals with accurate knowledge concerning Judaism and to expose the community to the cultural, social, and spiritual aspects of the Jewish religion. For more information please contact the Office of Student Activities.

Latino Appreciation Student Organization (LASO)
L.A.S.O. works to cultivate a campus wide awareness of Latino cultures and unity within the Western Carolina community by planning and producing social, cultural and educational programs as well as community service projects.

National Pan-Hellenic Council
The National Pan-Hellenic Council at Western Carolina University is comprised of eight historically African-American fraternities and sororities. This governing body strives for unanimity of thought and action as far as possible in the conduct of its chapters and their members. They also pursue the mutual interests of its member organizations.                       

More information can be found on the WCU Fraternity & Sorority Life page.

Pagan Student Association (PSA)
The Pagan Student Assocation provides an easily accessible organization for WCU students who are Wiccan or Pagan for fellowship, worship, spiritual support and networking in a safe and affirming setting. The PSA also educates people who are not Wiccan or Pagan. 

Reformed University Fellowship (R.U.F.)
R.U.F. is a campus ministry with a purpose of reaching students for Christ and equipping them to serve. "There is no one who is so bad that they are beyond the reach of God's grace. And there is no one so good that they are not in constant need of that same grace."

Saudi Student Club
The Saudi Students Club has come together to bridge American and Arab culture and and to bring acceptance and understanding to Islamic and Arabic traditions through informing Western Carolina University students about Arabic culture. Saudi Club follows the example of the academic mission of the university by teaching and educating through international and cultural experiences. SSC strives to connect with Western Carolina University’s public and the surrounding community in an affirmative way to bring positive sentiments of Arab culture to the area mainly through informing while also having a place for Arab students to feel accepted in the already withstanding community.

Trivium Performing Arts
Trivium Performing Arts' mission is to change the culture in the performing arts and through the performing arts with the compassion and grace of Jesus Christ. They use dance as a means of worshipping Him through performance and community outreach, as well as growing in their faith together as a company.

Truthwriters is a programmatic initiative that seeks to develop an appreciation for spoken word as an art form and to inspire intellectual activism and consciousness regarding issues of diversity and social justice at WCU.

Wesley Foundation
Everyone is welcome to come enjoy the company that can be found at The Wesley Foundation. The Wesley Foundation is a campus
ministry that gives opportunities to college students to establish relationships with one another while also strengthening their
relationship with God. Members work together in order to provide needed service for the surrounding community while also building knowledge
of Christ and fellowship with others.

Whee Believe
Whee Believe is a Christian interdenominational college ministry of The Father’s House of Prayer. Whee Believe will effectively share the Gospel through weekly meetings consisting of worship, prayer, Bible studies and providing discipleship resources such as DVD’s, books and workbooks, articles and other materials for students spiritual growth in Christ. Whee Believe is mission minded; to reach those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Whee Believe will encourage the students to live a lifestyle of evangelism while demonstrating Gods
love and power.  Whee Believe will incorporate the arts, music, intercessory prayer and guest speakers while holding special events on WCU campus.


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