The Department of Intercultural Affairs (ICA) works with all members of the university
to provide a campus environment where all students 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 mission is to provide an inclusive environment that examines, recognizes, accepts,
and affirms human differences and similarities related to national origin, religion,
gender, disability, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, and socioeconomic status.
We contribute to fostering a culturally rich campus through advocacy, diversity and
social justice education, leadership and the development of global citizens. ICA provides
lectures, cultural awareness programs, films, and workshops to promote social justice
and cultural competency as well as to respond to acts of discrimination and bias.
We invite you to become an active member of Western’s intercultural family. The Department
of Intercultural Affairs is home to:
- A spacious lounge for small meetings and events
- Resources including books, activities, periodicals, and artifacts representing various
- Media and computers for student use
- Experienced staff who are available to provide academic, social, and personal support
ICA Workshops, Trainings, and Conferences
We offer a variety of learning opportunities throughout the year and invite you to
be a part of these important events.
Bystander Intervention Workshop
The "Bystander Intervention" workshop is designed to be an introductory session for
participants to learn techniques that can actively help prevent sexual violence and
assault. In this session we will cover what it means to be a bystander, how North
Carolina defines sexual assault and rape, and what actions individuals can take when
they notice concerning behaviors. Several interactive activities are included in this
workshop to encourage participation.
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 skilled in diversity issues.
Safe Zone Training
The Western Carolina University Safe Zone Program provides training to students, faculty,
staff, and community members to increase awareness and sensitivity to issues of gender
and sexuality. Safe Zone also creates a network of support, resources, and allies
committed to supporting gender, sexuality, and identity issues reflected in the campus
and local community.
Social Justice Institute
The Social Justice Institute (SJI) is a three or four day intensive diversity leadership
experience. SJI provides strong leadership credentials for resume enhancement and
sets students apart from others who say they are appreciative of diversity but do
not have the experience to show it.
Women’s Leadership Conference
In March of 2015 Intercultural Affairs hosted its first Women's Leadership Conference,
with plans to replicate the conference annually. Students, staff, faculty, alumni,
and community members of all genders and backgrounds are invited to attend. With this
conference, we hope to build and engage a strong female community in Western North
Carolina, challenge gender roles, and empower/encourage leadership and awareness in
women’s (and the intersections within) issues. Further, through the planned breakout
sessions, panels, expo, networking session and other activities, we aim to provide
participants a chance to interact with peers and mentors, to form professional networks,
to prepare for careers, to reflect on their educational paths, to develop leadership
skills, and to experience the diversity of women in leadership roles.
|Director of Intercultural Affairs
|Administrative Support Associate