Intercultural Affairs

Intercultural Affairs


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 cultures
  • Media and computers for student use
  • Experienced staff who are available to provide academic, social, and personal support to students

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. 

Diversity/Inclusion Presentation

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.

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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.

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ICA Staff

Director of Intercultural Affairs Khambrel Ward
Assistant Director Niki Paganelli
Administrative Support Associate Holli Stillman
Program Assistant Ashley Small
Student Worker Stephanie Egeonu  
Student Worker Qua’Shawn Pernell  
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