Intercultural, Educational, & Social
Each year the Intercultural Center offers several programs for incoming families and students. Some of those activities include the Latinx 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 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 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 Awareness Week 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 to host International Education Week to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.
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.
Faculty/Staff/Student of Color Dinners
In the fall semester the IC hosts the Shaping Her Essence: Women of Color Dinner and the Legacy: Men of Color Dinner to create a space for faculty/staff and students to build community and network through food and fellowship. During the spring semester, both groups come together for the Shaping the Legacy Dinner to continue building upon the relationships established in the previous semester.
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
The Intercultural Center in partnership with the Office of Wellbeing provides 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:
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, and Harry Belafonte.