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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. It gives particular attention to students who are from underrepresented backgrounds.


Mission

The mission of the Intercultural Engagement Center, a unit of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, is to build an equitable and inclusive campus community at Guilford College through transformative programming and training that aids in the development of all students.

Vision

An inclusive community committed to the promotion and appreciation of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.

Diversity Statement

The Guilford College Intercultural Engagement Center is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. We aim to serve students regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religion, national origin, or accessibility needs.


What is #BlackLivesMatter?

Guilford College students and the co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter, Patrisse Cullors, share their perspectives 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.

Black History Month

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.

Group photo of 2019-20 MLSP students.

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. MLSP students receive a scholarship for the academic year.


Soy Un Lider attendees wearing red shirts take a big group photo in Dana Auditorium.

Soy Un Líder

Soy un Líder is a nonprofit organization at Guilford that aims to inspire and prepare Latinx, undocumented, DACAmented, refugee, international, first-generation students, and any other underrepresented groups to reach higher education. It provides resources to parents and students through an annual daylong conference typically held in November.

High school students at Soy un Lider conference at Guilford College

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.

Members of the planning committee take a group photo at the Bayard Rustin Symposium.

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 . 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.


IEC Clubs

  • Black Student Union (BSU)
    • MLK Jr Program
    • Black History Month
  • Brothers Doing Positive (BDP)
    • Youth Mentoring Program: Dudley High
  • Hispanos Unidos de Guilford (HUG)
    • Latinx Heritage Month
  • Multicultural Leadership Scholars Program (MLSP)
  • PRIDE
    • Queer in the First Year Support Group
    • Queer History Month 
  • Sisters Empowering Each Other (SEE)
    • Youth Mentoring Program: Dudley High School

Conferences

  • Soy Un Lider (Fall)
  • All Black Everything Symposium (Spring) 

Training

  • Anti-Oppression and Anti-Racism Training
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training
  • Safe Zone Training
  • UndocuAlly Training

IEC Programs and Events

  • Fall:
    • Trans Day of Remembrance (Nov. 20)
  • Spring:
    • MLK Jr Program (Jan/Feb)
    • Lavender Graduation (May)

Heritage Month and Identity Recognition 

  • Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 - Oct.15)
  • Queer History Month (October)
  • Native American Heritage Month (November)
  • Black History Month (February)
  • Women’s History Month (March)
  • Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (April) 
  • Pride Month (June)

Contact Us

Gemma Herrera

Gemma Herrera

Associate Director of the Intercultural Engagement Center/Latinx Community Coordinator

Kayon Johnson

Kayon Johnson

Graduate Assistant