The mission of “Africa! More than a Continent,” WCU’s 2015-2017 campus theme, is to introduce the WCU community (including the Western North Carolina region) to the contextual and lived realities that shape contemporary views of the continent of Africa. We will achieve this mission through programming and cross-cultural and intercultural communication in order
- To aid in fulfilling WCU’s goals of increased internationalization of its curricula and enhanced diversity of its faculty and staff as stated in the 2020 Strategic Plan (Goal 1.3, Initiative 1.3.3; Goal 2.1, Initiative 2.1.6; Goal 4.2, Initiative 4.3.5).
- To highlight the histories and cultures of African countries and peoples.
- To recognize the connection of Africans to people of African descent in the United States (and in WNC specifically) in order to celebrate the roots of African American culture, history, and experience.
Linked to this mission, our objectives are to
- Expose WCU’s community to the diversity of the African continent and its many countries (its races, geography, ethnicities, environments, cultures, religions, animals, governments, and natural resources.)
- Connect European colonialism with the development and modern history of the colonized countries of Africa.
- Explain the impact of neocolonialism through the late twentieth century until today both in Africa and throughout the world.
- Experience the contributions of Africans to the fine arts all over the world: music, painting, sculpture, literature, film, and drama.
- Identify the significance of African histories and accomplishments in education, science, math, government, art, and architecture.
- Engage with African oral culture in the form of folk tales, proverbs, and storytelling.
- Connect WCU’s community with African individuals, groups, and organizations including lectures, seminars, shows, and classroom-to-classroom projects.