The more invested you are in your community, the more you will feel connected to your new home away from home. We encourage you to diversify your social and intellectual circles and to take advantage of opportunities to share and discuss your personal interests and views and to consider those of others.

Traditions

Traditions allow us to build a community that extends beyond a student’s time at the college. Each year, the Office of Intercultural Advancement sponsors a series of events intended to provide a holistic approach to students’ time here on campus. From welcome events that introduce and reconnect students with their peers to end-of-year dinners that celebrate their accomplishments, the following events follow the student experience year after year.

  • Pre-Orientation – Prior to new student orientation, we invite incoming students to join us on campus for a few days to discuss campus culture, meet faculty, learn about services available to students, and begin building a community of friends that will last throughout their time at the College.
  • Welcome Cookout – Each fall on the first day of classes, all new and returning domestic and international students gather at Dean Curry’s house for an informal cookout to make new friends and reconnect with old ones after the summer break.
  • Holiday Dinner – Every December on the last day of classes, Dean Curry hosts a traditional holiday dinner at his home.
  • Student Employee Cookout – Our student employees are vital to creating a space that is welcoming and open to all students. Each year, we celebrate their contributions through an annual cookout at an off-campus venue.
  • IRC Awards Banquet – On the last day of spring classes, the Office of Intercultural Advancement hosts a formal spring banquet to celebrate the academic accomplishments of all students and to send our graduating seniors off in style. Don’t miss the fun, food, and dancing!

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Programs

In addition to our annual offerings below, the Office of Intercultural Advancement sponsors a variety of talks and presentations that focus upon current events, campus topics, and students’ needs and interests.

  • PALS – The PALS Program is a mentoring program that pairs incoming first year students with upper class students to discuss common challenges and opportunities for new students and to ease their integration into the campus community.
  • Men’s Meetings – Informal monthly gatherings for men are held at the home of Dean Curry and are attended by students, faculty, staff and community members. All topics are welcome and students in particular are invited to bring topics of interest: movies, sports, community involvement, mentoring, workshops, personal development, avocation exploration, sharing ideas, and sharpening skills. Come share some snacks and stories about what it means to be a man in today's world!
  • Women’s Chat – Informal monthly gatherings for women are held at the home of Dean Curry and are facilitated Associate Dean Ruth de Jesus. This is a time for sharing thoughts and experiences as women, finding support, discovering strengths, and listing to and learning from one another to realize our goals and dreams.
  • Directed Conversations – Join students in facilitated discussions on the intersection of race and LGBT concerns. Conversations are intended to build connections, challenge assumptions, and strengthen solidarity. This is a safe space. Contact Ruth de Jesus for information.
  • Support Sessions – As determined by student need, the Office offers a variety of support sessions for domestic and international students, alike.
  • Off-Campus Trips – As per student interest, the Office sponsors trips to nearby off-campus locations to give students the opportunity to gather in new places and see noteworthy sites in the region.

Campus Clubs and Activities

Many of our students participate and/or lead student clubs on campus to develop leadership and interpersonal skills, and to connect to and invest in their campus. See a list of clubs with strong multicultural representation and interest.

Students also form Spark and Theme houses that promote social awareness and engagement. The Office of Residence Life welcomes new ideas for these houses.

Learn more about campus activities.