Student Engagement, Services, and Training

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Below are the training programs currently available for students as well as programs in development. Click on the tabs to learn more about each program.

WCU will offer the Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI), the premier cross-cultural assessment of intercultural competence, to faculty, staff, and students beginning Summer 2018. The IDI is used by thousands of individuals and organizations to build intercultural competence to achieve both international and domestic diversity and inclusion goals and outcomes. The cost for the survey, feedback and individualized intercultural development plan is $30. Questions? Contact Jill Cargile, Director of the Intensive English Program and IDI® Licensed Qualifying Examiner, at

An initiative to support student veterans and educate the campus community. For more information, contact  Briana Ford, Director of Military Student Services, at  828-227-3074 or

Safe Zone Program provides training to students 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 the local community.

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The 'Red Zone' is commonly known as the period of time for college students during which they are at higher risk of experiencing sexual violence, coercion, and/or manipulation. The 'Red Zone' is typically defined as the first six weeks of the semester but Red Zone activities and programs will be hosted throughout the year to foster an informed student body.

For more information contact Intercultural Affairs at

CareZone, a two-hour program that provides instruction in understanding mental illness in day-to-day life, will be offered from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, September 13, in the Cardinal Room at Western Carolina University's A.K. Hinds University Center. Participants will have an opportunity to develop a basic understanding of the disorders recognized in the fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM 5) and to learn to be effective allies of people with mental illness.

CareZone is a DegreePlus event and is open to WCU faculty, staff and students. To register, contact Jessica Zellers at or 828-227-3801.

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Currently, under development, this certificate program will help students to develop an appreciation for their own cultural identities. Additionally, students will utilize that awareness to become critically self-reflective in their focus around differences in the cultural identities of others as viewed through the lenses of race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexual orientation and others.

Engagement and Services

Western Carolina offers many ways for all students to engage with people from different backgrounds and support programs for diverse students:

Western Carolina Peaks

Western Carolina PEAKS is our residential first-year experience for freshmen. PEAKS is a caring community that provides new students with a strong foundation for their academic career at WCU.

Intercultural Affairs Department

Intercultural Affairs Department 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.

Department of Student Community Ethics (DSCE)

DSCE strives to make WCU a positive living and learning environment through outreach and education to the university and surrounding community.

student concern response team (SCRT)

SCRT meets regularly to confidentially share information and discuss students that may be going through a difficult situation.

counseling and psychological services (caps)

CAPS provides services that empower students to engage in and be successful in a full range of academic, social and cultural endeavors through fostering psychological wellness.

sexual assault awareness

Sexual Assault Awareness provides awareness, resources, and education for students, employees, parents, and visitors concerning sexual assault: what it is – what to do if it happens – where to go for support – and much more.

Diversity Student Ambassadors

The Diversity Student Ambassadors focus on peer education around diversity and inclusion by developing and assisting with programs targeted towards all communities represented on campus.


SAGA is a student organization that supports LGBTQIA+ identified students and allies.

black student union (BSU)

The Black Student Union promotes activities of common interest, as well as cultural and educational benefits for the African American student body.

latino Appreciation student organization (LASO)

LASO promotes the Hispanic and LatinX culture as well as current issues through social, informative, and educational programs.

WCU inspirational gospel choir

The fundamental purpose of the WCU Inspirational Gospel Choir is to lead people in worship of Almighty God. 

digali'i: native American student organization

Digali'i: Native American Student Organization provides opportunities for learning and promoting Native American history, culture, and contributions and for volunteering in our Native communities. We seek to foster the connection between the Cherokee and campus communities and are committed to promoting the significance of all Native American tribes.

asian student association

The Asian Student Association was established to improve the understanding of the Asian cultures of Western Carolina University and strengthen the Asian student body. Ending cultural stereotypes and prejudice is a major goal for the Asian Student Association.

national panhellenic council

The National Pan-Hellenic Council was founded in 1930 to serve as a governing body to the nine nationally recognized historically black fraternities and sororities. Its purpose is to foster cooperative actions of its members in dealing with matters of mutual concern.

national society of black engineers

Collegiate Membership in the National Society of Black Engineers is open to any undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM).

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