Intercultural Engagement Center

Diversity in Action

A branch of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the Intercultural Engagement Center (IEC) is committed to building an equitable and inclusive campus community at Guilford College through transformative programming and training. The IEC supports the educational, spiritual, cultural, physical, financial, and emotional development of all students, while giving particular attention to students who are from underrepresented backgrounds.

A Different World

Each year, the IEC organizes a Black History Month Committee. The committee selects a theme for Black History Month that enables the community to both celebrate and educate on African American heritage. Celene Warren ’19 offered the theme of "A Different World," and the committee was on board. Celebrations include a kickoff event featuring spoken word, mime, Guilford’s C&C Step Team, song, dance, and an African fashion show. The event also featured a special guest performance from N.C. A&T’s Cold Steel Drumline.

What is #BlackLivesMatter?

Guilford College students and the co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter, Patrisse Cullors, share their perspective on the BLM movement. Patrisse visited campus as a part of a weeklong series of events sponsored by the Blacks Unifying Society, IEC, Hispanos Unidos de Guilford and others.

Multicultural Leadership Scholar Program

The Multicultural Leadership Scholars Program (MLSP) is a year-long program designed to develop students’ understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion and their impact in society as well as at Guilford College. Students are also given an opportunity to gain experience in the practical application of these concepts through projects that help Guilford achieve its goal of becoming a more inclusive, equitable, and affirming institution. MLSP students receive a scholarship for the academic year.

Soy Un Líder

Soy Un Líder is a nonprofit organization at Guilford College that aims to inspire LatinX, undocumented, DACAmented, refugee, international, first-generation students, and any other underrepresented groups to reach higher education by providing resources to parents and students.We host an annual daylong conference focused on inspiring and preparing underrepresented high school students for higher education. Students are welcome to attend from any North Carolina county and beyond. The conference is typically held in early November.

Immigrant Student Resources

The IEC is committed to providing support for all Guilford students, including immigrant and refugee students. This site is for students looking for resources or wanting to learn more about the support system we have in place for immigrant and refugee students at Guilford. 

The Bayard Rustin Center

The Bayard Rustin Center is a space dedicated to affirming the lives, histories, and experiences of LGBTQIA students, faculty, and staff at Guilford and beyond. In the spirit of the late civil rights leader Bayard Rustin, we are committed to cultivating transformative educational experiences, building the leadership within otherwise marginalized communities, and promoting conversations across the intersections of race, ethnicity, religion, class, sexuality, and gender identity.

*Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Persons, and Allies

IEC Clubs

  • Black Student Union (BSU)
  • Brothers Doing Positive (BDP)
  • Define American
  • Hispanos Unidos de Guilford (HUG)
  • Multicultural Leadership Scholars Program (MLSP)
  • Sisters Empowering Each Other (SEE)



  • Anti-Oppression and Anti-Racism Training
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training
  • Ethical Leadership Training
  • First Year Experience Diversity Training
  • Liberation Space Training (Safe Zone)
  • UndocuAlly Training

IEC Programs and Events

  • Black History Month
  • The Identity Card Project
  • International Teaching Kitchens
  • Latinx Heritage Month
  • Lavender Graduation
  • MLK Jr Program
  • National Farm Workers Awareness Week
  • Queer History Month
  • Queer in the First Year Support Group
  • Social Justice Certificate
  • Social Justice Week
  • Trans Day of Remembrance
  • Women’s History Month
  • Youth Mentoring Program: Dudley High

Contact Us

Paula Hernandez

Paula Hernandez

Interim Assistant Director of Intercultural Engagemt Center and Latinx Comm Coord

Krishauna Hines-Gaither

Krishauna Hines-Gaither

Associate Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Meagan McNeely

Meagan McNeely

Title IX and LGBTQIA Education and Response Coordinator

Liz Torres Melendez

Liz Torres Melendez

Immigrant Student Coordinator