New Deac Week Activities
Each year the Intercultural Center offers several programs for incoming families and students. Some of those activities include the Intercultural Connections Luncheon for incoming students and families of color and the Intercultural Center Open House.
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.
Just One Word
Just One Word is a loosely-moderated dialogue that takes place over a meal, during which participants share their understanding and experience of a specific word. Available Upon Request.
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 Latinx Heritage Month, Black History Month, Native American Heritage Month and Asian Heritage 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, social events, films and much more. Additionally, the IC collaborates with the International Student Scholar and Services Office to host International Education Week to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.
Transcendent Graduation Ceremony
Transcendent celebrates the accomplishments of students of color by honoring them with a ceremony the day before graduation to celebrate their accomplishments with family, friends, faculty, staff and students alike. We recognize and amplify the accomplishments of the members of each class who have transcended boundaries, barriers, and expectations to arrive at this momentous occasion.
My Shelf to Yours
This event allows students to select a hand wrapped book by an author from a certain background. The carefully curated collection features a wide range of genres that are tagged with intriguing clues alluding to the book inside.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
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.
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, Michael Eric Dyson, and Harry Belafonte.