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Student Engagement, Services, and Training

Created by Starkim Noble (WCU Undergraduate)

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Listed below are diversity-centered trainings offered by various units on-campus.. Click on the tabs to learn more about each program.

An initiative to support student veterans and educate the campus community. For more information, contact  Briana Ford, Director of Military Student Services, at  828-227-3074 or

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Safe Zone provides training to students to increase awareness and sensitivity to issues of gender and sexuality. Safe Zone also creates a network of support, resources, and allies committed to supporting gender, sexuality, and identity issues reflected in the campus and the local community. Learn More about SafeZone

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The 'Red Zone' is commonly known as the period of time for college students during which they are at higher risk of experiencing sexual violence, coercion, and/or manipulation. The 'Red Zone' is typically defined as the first six weeks of the semester but Red Zone activities and programs will be hosted throughout the year to foster an informed student body. Learn more about Red Zone

Please, direct questions to Intercultural Affairs at

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CareZone is a two-hour program that provides instruction in understanding mental illness in day-to-day life. Participants will have an opportunity to develop a basic understanding of the disorders recognized in the fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM 5) and to learn to be effective allies of people with mental illness.

CareZone is a DegreePlus event and is open to WCU faculty, staff and students.
To learn more, contact Jessica Zellers at or 828-227-3801.

Engagement and Services

Western Carolina offers many ways for all students to engage with people from different backgrounds and support programs for diverse students:

Western Carolina PEAKS is our residential first-year experience for freshmen. PEAKS is a caring community that provides new students with a strong foundation for their academic career at WCU.

Intercultural Affairs works with all members of the University to provide a campus environment where students from different backgrounds and culture groups feel appreciated, respected and valued.

DSCE strives to make WCU a positive living and learning environment through outreach and education to the university and the surrounding community.

SCRT meets regularly to confidentially share information and discuss students that may be going through a difficult situation.

CAPS provides services that empower students to engage in and be successful in a full range of academic, social and cultural endeavors through fostering psychological wellness.

Sexual Assault Awareness provides awareness, resources, and education for students, employees, parents, and visitors concerning sexual assault: what it is – what to do if it happens – where to go for support – and much more.

The Diversity Student Ambassadors focus on peer education around diversity and inclusion by developing and assisting with programs targeted towards all communities represented on campus.

SAGA is a student organization that supports LGBTQIA+ identified students and allies.

The Black Student Union promotes activities of common interest, as well as cultural and educational benefits for the African American student body.

LASO promotes the Hispanic and LatinX culture as well as current issues through social, informative, and educational programs. They also host the Southeastern LatinX Student Leadership Conference.

The FEM in STEM Club was established to create a supportive atmosphere that empowers women in all STEM fields to succeed. We are an inclusive group, spanning all science, technology, engineering, and mathematics topics.

The fundamental purpose of the WCU Inspirational Gospel Choir is to lead people in worship of Almighty God. 

Digali'i: Native American Student Organization provides opportunities for learning and promoting Native American history, culture, and contributions and for volunteering in our Native communities. We seek to foster the connection between the Cherokee and campus communities and are committed to promoting the significance of all Native American tribes.

The Asian Student Association was established to improve the understanding of the Asian cultures of Western Carolina University and strengthen the Asian student body. Ending cultural stereotypes and prejudice is a major goal for the Asian Student Association.

The National Pan-Hellenic Council was founded in 1930 to serve as a governing body to the nine nationally recognized historically black fraternities and sororities. Its purpose is to foster cooperative actions of its members in dealing with matters of mutual concern.

Collegiate Membership in the National Society of Black Engineers is open to any undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM).

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