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ICA Council

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ICA Council serves as the student lead branch of the Department of Intercultural Affairs. The Council Chief sits as the representative student staff for departmental meetings and coordinates and delegates duties within the council. The council hosts various events and programs throughout the academic year to foster diversity and inclusion within the student body. They also help plan many of the large-scale events that the department is responsible for such as J’ouvert, Tunnel of Oppression and the Drag Show.

ICA Council is directly supervised by the Associate Director of Intercultural Affairs, Tacquice Wiggan Davis, with departmental oversight from the Director of Intercultural Affairs, Dr. Dana Murray Patterson. ICA council consists of enrolled students at WCU, who are awarded their positions after an application and interview process led by the Council chief, their supervisor, and the director. By sitting on the ICA council, these select students voices are heard and represent student experience. Their insight about that experience is received and translated into the department's overall programming goals. It is the intention that these students will allow for the department to grow and adapt their programs in order to best represent the needs and wants of all students.


Hosted by ICA Council members Lyndan Jones and Rebecca Hart, the ICA podcast highlights up to date student happenings and presents a thought provoking topic every Thursday at 8:00am. Click on the links below to start listening!

Episode/Date Description Link
Eppisode 1 - 2/4/2021 In this episode, Rebecca and Lyndan talk about the events coming up at WCU. They also highlight the importance of Black History Month & give a quick history of why February is the month of celebrating Black Excellence.  ICA podcast 2/4/2021
Episode 2 - 2/11/2021 Events coming up around campus are best found on Engage. This week Rebecca and Lyndan also speak on the importance of inclusive language.  ICA podcast 2/11/2021
Episode 3 - 2/18/20 February 21-26, ICA is highlighting Black Excellence during our MLK Jr. Celebrations. In this episode, Hart and Jones talk about upcoming campus events and talk about Queer Black Trailblazers of the past century. ICA podcast 2/18/2021
Episode 4 - 2/25/2021 This episode is short ans sweet as events are less numerous this week. Rebecca and Lyndan highlight the importance of investing time in yourself! ICA Podcast 2/25/2021
Episode 5 - 3/4/2021 Next week is Advising day here at Western, tune in to find out what else is going on on campus and how to take advantage of advising day. ICA podcast 3/4/2021
Episode 6 - 3/11/2021 March is women's history month, Rebecca and Lyndan are highlighting four women here at Western Carolina University. As always, what is coming up this week. ICA Podcast 3-11-2021
Episode 7 - 3/19/2021 What is stigma and how can we be more aware of it? As always, events coming up on and around campus. ICA podcast 3-19-21
Episode 8 - 3/25/2021 This week, a week before break, campus is hopping with events! This week's special topic is heteronormativity, a big word with big societal impact. Lets tune in to our preconceived notions about relationships, love, and life. ica podcast 3-25-2021
Episode 9 - 4/1/2021 Happy break y'all, catch you next week! ica podcast 4-1-2021



ICA Council Members

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ICA Council Chief, Kourtnee Harris

Kourtnee Harris

ICA Council Chief

Classification: Senior
Major: Integrated Health Science/Concentration: Health Management 

I enjoy sleeping, eating, and laughing- in that order. I chose to take the position has chief spring semester of my sophomore year. I love being connected to a department that has so much love for the student body and will literally give the shirt off of their back to students. By being chief for ICA council I get to contribute to giving something to our students. It gives me pleasure and joy to know that I am also having an impact on the student body. I love what I do and I love being a part of the department of intercultural affairs.

Fun Fact: I used to play the violin 🎻

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Tacqice Wiggan Davis

Tacquice Wiggan Davis

Associate Director for ICA

Classification: Doctorate Student
Major: Educational Leadership

When ICA council began, we had a vision to ensure the voice of the minority student was heard, their experience was felt, and their culture was embraced. We also saw the value in creating a peer to peer experience where all students could educate one another and find common ground. These students serve as an extension to the mission of ICA and that is why I wanted to advise this group. They are the heart of this department!

Fun Fact: My favorite thing to do is travel and I have been on over 18 cruises!

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LaDrika Davis

ICA Council Member

Classification: Sophomore
Major: Nursing

I decided to join ICA Council because my little strange head is full strange and amazing ideas. I joined because I knew that not only would I be accepted but ICA council would do whatever to make those ideas real. I knew I would be surrounded by people who love me and support me. Also I am ready to give all of my love and support back to those who need it in anyway.

Fun Fact: I am a mix of 700 different personalities. Lol I’m joking but seriously get to know me and you’ll see my personalities are endless.

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Shanece Flynn

Shanece Flynn

ICA Council Member

Classification : Junior
Major : Pre-Nursing
Minor : Psychology

I joined ICA Council because I wanted to be a voice to other minority students on campus. I wanted to be able to collaborate with other organizations to help making our campus more culturally inclusive.

Fun Fact: I am Jamaican

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Rebecca Hart

Rebecca Hart

ICA Council Member

Classification: Junior
Major: political science and communication
Minor: leadership and marketing

I joined ICA Council because I enjoy event planning, and I have a passion for inclusive excellence. I thought ICA council was a great way to combine the two.

Fun fact: I love traveling and got to live in Germany for two summers as part of the Catamount Gap Abroad program.

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Lyndan Jones

Lyndan Jones

ICA Council Member

Classsification: Senior
Major: Communication and Spanish
Minor: Sociology

Being on ICA Council allows me to plan events and provide resources around topics that aren't always first priority. I am proud to be a part of ICA's constant presence on campus.

Fun Fact: I am a vegan! I also work as the Student General Manager at WWCUFM.

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Alyssa Persina

Alyssa Persina

ICA Council Member


Classification: Sophmore
Major: International Studies and Sociocultural & Linguistic Anthropology
Minor: Spanish

I wanted to join ICA council because ICA had impacted my life for the better. I wanted to give back to ICA in every way I could.

Fun Fact: I am a jazz/r&b Sicilian musician.

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Cherokee Rebello

Cherokee Rebello

ICA Council Member

Major: Biology
Minor: Leadership and Spanish

After spending almost a year on council I found myself getting pushed out of my shell and comfort zone. I feel that coming back will only push me to bigger and father heights.

Fun Fact: I went to Culinary school for 3 years and won a Dine n’ Taste competition after my first year.

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