Intercultural, Educational, & Social

Orientation Programs

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.

World Cultural Festival

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

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

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.

Homecoming Tailgate

The Intercultural Center partners with student organizations and alumni affinity groups annually to host the Homecoming Tailgate. Students, alumni, faculty and staff come together to fellowship and celebrate memories before the Homecoming game.

Cultural Heritage Months

Throughout the academic year, the IC spearheads the Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month and Black History month to celebrate, educate and honor members of these identities. Each month brings together campus partners, student organizations and community members to create a calendar full of events ranging from intergroup dialogues, keynote speakers, films and much more.

Journeys to Success Speaker Series

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.

The Coach Is In

Throughout the semester a career coach from the Office of Personal and Career Development (OPCD) will be in the IC to provide tips, and advice for students looking to expand their professional network. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to ask the coach questions about their resume, cover letter, elevator pitch, and LinkedIn profile.

Provide & Thrive

Beginning in the fall, the Intercultural Center in partnership with the Office of Well-Being will provide monthly activities to assist in the wellness of students. Each month’s program will have a different theme ranging across the 8 dimensions of well being: emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social and spiritual.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration:

GospelFest

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.

Building the Dream Award

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.

Keynote Address

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.