Through regular programs and events, the Office of Intercultural Life seeks to showcase different parts of the world and give students, faculty and staff members many opportunities to learn about different cultures, current events and issues, and even a chance to learn a new language. These events and activities allow for meaningful dialogues and exchanges of ideas. These are also opportunities to gain better understanding of different perspectives, not only of those abroad but closer to home. We are equally committed to preparing our students and campus community to engage and understand the diverse cultures that make up our own community. The office also provides both individual and group support for international, third-culture, and U.S. ethnic minority 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.
The annual Embrace Conference hosted by Asbury University, is organized and sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Affairs. The conference focuses on racial reconciliation and justice through a Wesleyan theological understanding. This is an institutional initiative in partnership with the Office of Intercultural Life and Student Intercultural Programs.
Throughout the month of February, BSA (Black Student Alliance) hosts a variety of events that celebrate black culture and educate campus about black culture. Some of these events include Family Feud Nights, Food Expos, Movie Nights and much more.
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.
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. This event is hosted by ASA (Asian Student Alliance)
This annual Christmas season event is planned by ISA (International Student Alliance) and MuKappa (Third-Culture Student Alliance). They work together to create a market in the Student Center that offers refreshments, music, crafts, and fair-trade items through Word Made Flesh.