Each year the Intercultural Center offers several programs for incoming families and students. Some of those activities include the Latino Families Reception, Intercultural Center Information Session, and the Welcome Reception for Families of International and Multicultural Students.
WakeFest is held each year before the start of school to celebrate the arrival of the incoming class. Students come to enjoy performances from Wake’s own dance, a capella, and poetically talented student groups.
The World Cultural Festival, is an annual celebration of difference to unite, inspire and entertain the entire campus community. It creates a space to introduce various cultures from around the world to Wake Forest, through creative displays and activities, a wide variety of cultural foods, information about different cultural groups, and several cultural performances. Past performers include Drum Jungle, West End Mambo, KanKouran African Dance Group.
Friday Morning Breakfast, is a bi-weekly event that builds community among students and introduces them to other campus resources. Campus partners include Office of Academic Advising, Office of Personal and Career Development and Center for Global Programs and Studies.
First Fridays, is a monthly event that provides a safe space that fosters dialogue among students. Students enjoy food and games, while discussing current topics.
The Intercultural Center partners with the Black Student Alliance annually to host the Homecoming Tailgate. Students, alumni, faculty and staff come together to fellowship and celebrate memories before the Homecoming game.
Journeys to Success Speaker Series, brings established, international, national and local professionals of color to share their experiences traversing their respective fields. It brings speakers who will inspire students through sharing the story of their successes and challenges. Past speakers include Vernon Jordan, Susan Taylor, Brian White and Satcha Pretto.
Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. was a multi-dimensional, engaged leader that utilized the platform of the Baptist church to fight for human and civil rights. The MLK GospeFest was founded to honor the church roots of Dr. King as well as the role of many churches in advancing the Civil Rights movement. In addition to the unifying power of the church, music, in particular Gospel music, has also been integral in allowing communities of people to come together to express gratitude related to how far they have come in the fights for freedom. GospelFest embodies those characteristics, and allows everyone to actively participate in an ongoing movement for equality, love and compassion for one another. This annual event features a major gospel artist and WFU’s own Gospel Choir. Past featured artists include Kim Burrell, Earnest Pugh and KiKi Sheard.
Each year brings the opportunity to celebrate the life and legacy of one of America’s most inspirational individuals, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unfortunately, some Americans only reflect on Dr. King’s accomplishments one day per year. We are honored to acknowledge those whose life builds upon his dream.
Each year, representatives from Wake Forest University and Winston Salem State University form a joint Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. programming committee. Annually, we award the “Building the Dream” award to one professor or administrator and one student from each respective university. This award is given to a person who embodies the qualities Dr. King epitomized and actively exercises these qualities in their community (on and off campus). The award is presented at the invitation only banquet.
The WFU Intercultural Center and Winston-Salem State University’s Student Activities and Engagement have collaborated to host an annual major celebration in honor of the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A nationally-renowned speaker is invited to give the keynote. Past speakers have included Bernice King, Dr. Maya Angelou, and Harry Belafonte.