Intercultural Affairs

Intercultural Affairs


Welcome to Intercultural Affairs

Are you as excited about the new semester as I am? On behalf of the entire staff of the Department of Intercultural Affairs (ICA), I welcome you to our webpage. 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. I encourage you to stop by our office to get acquainted with our amazing staff and to get involved in programming activities. It is only through your participation that Intercultural Affairs will continue to THRIVE!!!! 

Go Cats!

Kham Ward
Director, Intercultural Affairs

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.  


Diversity/Inclusion Presentations

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

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.

intercultural Conference

The Intercultural Conference is an annual 1-day conference hosted by the Department of Intercultural Affairs at Western Carolina University that is open to students (WCU and other colleges/universities), faculty, staff, and community members.  Originally known as the Women’s Leadership Conference, the Intercultural Conference will now have yearly rotating themes in order to explore and celebrate diversity and inclusion.


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