Intercultural Affairs Programs & Services
The Office of Intercultural Affairs serves both the entire campus community and the international, third-culture, and U.S. ethnic students at the University. The office offers cultural programs that impact student learning and encourage cultural competence by increasing awareness, understanding, respect and appreciation of cultural diversity. The office also provides individual support for international, third-culture, and U.S. ethnic students and sponsors and advises ethnic student organizations.
A variety of educational and social-cultural activities, events, as well as service opportunities are offered to the campus community. Each year students can attend cultural festivals and programs on campus and in the surrounding community, see a cultural movie, participate in a diversity dialogue with guest speakers or faculty members, worship with an ethnic congregation, or serve as a volunteer for a Martin Luther King Jr. Day community service project.
Black History Week Celebration
BSA (Black Student Alliance) holds an annual Black History “week,” featuring a different event each night leading up to Asbury’s own Night at the Apollo. This week provides everyone different activities that showcase African-American heritage and culture. These events also provide insight on the present challenges and struggles African-Americans face in today’s society. Some events include: Jeopardy, Learn How to Step, and Rhythm & Soul Night.
Festival Latino de Asbury
LSA (Latino Student Alliance) holds an annual Latino festival on campus that provides everyone the opportunity to experience authentic Hispanic and Latino culture. This festival is a celebration, filled with music, dance performances, crafts, and food (chips and salsa, paletas, and jarritos).
Each semester, Asbury presents a Movie Night either on the Green or in the Student Center. Every movie highlights a different culture and brings students, faculty, staff, and the community together for a night of entertainment. Past events have included speakers and dance performances prior to the movie. Movies that have been played include: Lilo and Stich, McFarland, The Help, Million Dollar Arm, The Butler, and Avatar.
In September, The Office of Intercultural Affairs, Global Engagement Office, and Confucius Classroom work together to present a celebration of Asian culture on campus. The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the “Moon Festival,” is one of the most important Chinese holidays and is celebrated by many Asian cultures. Some activities include tea ceremony demonstrations, paper cutting, lantern making, and cultural food samplings, which include mooncakes.
Each semester, The Office of Intercultural Affairs offers an opportunity for open discussion on issues of cultural diversity. Each dialogue focuses on the sharing and learning of personal perspectives and experiences. The event promotes an open atmosphere to explore and express the cultural issues faced by our society and world today. Some Diversity Dialogues include, Black Lives Matter, Freedom of Speech, Why We Immigrate, and Interracial & Multicultural Relationships in Today’s Society.
The student ethnic groups plan this event at the beginning of the year to welcome new members and celebrate the different cultures that Asbury represents. For more information, visit:
European Christmas Market
ISA (International Student Alliance) and MuKappa (Third-Culture Student Alliance) work together to plan this annual event during the Christmas season. The market offers refreshments, such as cookies and hot chocolate, music, crafts, and European fair trade items for sale through Word Made Flesh.