Intercultural Affairs


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Cullowhee, NC 28723
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Intercultural Student Organizations

For more information on any of these organizations, contact the Department of Intercultural Affairs at

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

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

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.

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.

Organization of Ebony Students (O.E.S.)
O.E.S. strives to uphold dignity, self-respect, and cultural awareness through the promotion of leadership, scholarship, social activities, and diversity.

O.E.S. was established at Western Carolina University in 1968 as the Black Students United. In 1973, the group changed its name to the Organization of Ebony Students. It was established to promote unity among African American students and to provide activities and events that pertain to African American culture. O.E.S. 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

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. 

National Pan-Hellenic Council
More information can be found on the WCU Greek Life page.


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