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Through Intercultural programs and events, the Office of Intercultural Life seeks to showcase different parts of the world and give students, faculty, and staff many opportunities to learn about different cultures, and even a chance to learn a new language. These events and activities allow for meaningful dialogues, exchanges of ideas, and cross-cultural friendships. Intercultural programs and events also provide opportunities for students to gain a 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.
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.
AU student body is invited to join us for the annual Latino festival in the heart of downtown Lexington. This provides an opportunity for students to experience authentic Hispanic and Latino culture. This festival is a celebration, filled with music, dance performances, crafts, and food. There is no cost for students and transportation is provided.
Weekly Spanish Lunches provide a great opportunity to meet people, practice your Spanish skills, and enjoy conversations about Spanish food, clothes, music, and films. These events are held in a very relaxed environment and have a variety of attendees from our campus 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.
This event has a two-fold purpose:
Every year, more than 1.5 billion people across the globe, celebrate the Lunar New Year. In most Asian countries, it is one of the most important holidays of the year. Our student body is invited to join us for this special dinner celebration.
During the month of February, our student body is invited to join us for an immersive educational experience at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center thereby celebrating Black culture and educating the campus about Black culture. There is no cost for students and transportation is provided.
The Festival of Nations is a student-led event hosted by the Office of Intercultural Life. Our goal is to raise cultural awareness and celebrate the cultural diversity that enriches our campus community. This year’s festival features cultural booths, musical performances, traditional dance, food sampling, and vendors.
There are several ways that the Office of Intercultural Life provides support for international students during the school break. International students have an opportunity to explore and shop at this global market and enjoy Greek food for lunch.