Intercultural Centre

Advancing the potential and advantage of diversity.

The Intercultural Centre provides training, workshops, community volunteerism, and College wide events for staff, faculty, and learners.

As part of the Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement, the Intercultural Centre was developed to foster and advance diversity and inclusion at Bow Valley College. 

Whether you want to learn about other cultures, develop intercultural competency skills, become a leader, or volunteer, the IC has something for you. The IC is located at Bow Valley College, North Campus N322. Come visit us!

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Heard at the IC

  • Volunteering at BVC, I get to meet so many people from different backgrounds and many international students. I get to learn and know about different perspectives. What I realized was that as different as many students are, we are also very similar. Appreciating people’s differences opens doors to understanding our similarities.
    ICan Crew volunteer
  • I would recommend volunteering. This is a new experience that makes you feel good because you have the opportunity to help people from your community.
    ICan Crew volunteer
  • I told my teacher that volunteering encourages me to join more Canadian social activities because I can learn form others and it can benefit my future. Moreover, all volunteers and instructors were friendly and supportive. I felt comfortable and excited with the work and the environment.
    ICan Crew Volunteer
  • Volunteering with the IC is such a wonderful experience. It literally changed my college life. It’s such a great opportunity to be involved in college life, to learn about other cultures, to develop different skills (interpersonal, communication and so on), meeting amazing people and wonderful friends and most important- giving back to BVC community!
    ICan Crew Volunteer

Upcoming Events View all

Thursday February 22, 2018

Kintsugi: Perfectly Imperfect

12:00pm to 1:00pm
Tuesday February 27, 2018

Communal Table: Kristella Designs

12:00pm to 1:00pm
Wednesday February 28, 2018

Teach your Talent: Dot Mandalas

12:30pm to 1:30pm
Tuesday March 6, 2018

IC Conversation Café

12:30pm to 1:30pm
Thursday March 8, 2018

Cultural Insights: International Women's Day

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Communal Table

Learn about cultural practices from around the world.

Communal Table is a monthly event held at the Intercultural Centre. These interactive sessions highlight how common cultural practices take shape in different ways throughout the world.

All Bow Valley College learners, staff, and faculty are invited to attend.

For more information on upcoming events, see our Events Calendar.

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January 24, 2018

Communal Table: Culture, Calligraphy, and Fusion Clothing

Join us for an interactive session with Odai Almoqadam and Raied Aburashed of Harf Design Inc., specializing in clothing and accessories.  Odai and Raied will discuss their inspiration of incorporating calligraphic designs from different languages within their clothing line, and their vision for their new local company.   

Date: January 24, 2018
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Intercultural Centre N322

Register:intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

February 27, 2018

Communal Table: Kristella Designs

The IC is keeping February sweet, by hosting Samar Fallouh of Kristella Design Calgary.  Samar will share her story of starting her dessert and party favour company in Calgary, after arriving from Syria in early 2017.  Dessert will be served!  

Date: February 27, 2018
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Intercultural Centre, N322

Register:intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

January 24, 2018

Communal Table: Culture, Calligraphy, and Fusion Clothing

Join us for an interactive session with Odai Almoqadam and Raied Aburashed of Harf Design Inc., specializing in clothing and accessories.  Odai and Raied will discuss their inspiration of incorporating calligraphic designs from different languages within their clothing line, and their vision for their new local company.   

Date: January 24, 2018
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Intercultural Centre N322

Register:intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

February 27, 2018

Communal Table: Kristella Designs

The IC is keeping February sweet, by hosting Samar Fallouh of Kristella Design Calgary.  Samar will share her story of starting her dessert and party favour company in Calgary, after arriving from Syria in early 2017.  Dessert will be served!  

Date: February 27, 2018
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Intercultural Centre, N322

Register:intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

Teach Your Talent

Share your passion.

Teach your Talent is a series of learner facilitated workshops that provide Bow Valley College learners with the opportunity to share their passions.

Learners work one-on-one with the Centre Engagement Officer to plan and facilitate the workshop. 

Are you a BVC learner interested in facilitating a workshop? Come visit us at the Intercultural Centre N322 or contact us at intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

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January 30, 2018

Teach your Talent: Candle Dance

Join Lloyd Vinz Marcelo, a learner in Justice Studies, for a high energy workshop on how to dance the Pandanggo Sa Ilaw or Candle dance.  

Participants will learn steps to this traditional Filipino dance and practice a choreographed dance routine.   

Date:  January 30, 2018
Time:  12:30- 1:30 pm
Location:  The Intercultural Centre, N322

Register: intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

February 28, 2018

Teach your Talent: Dot Mandalas

Mandalas are beautiful geometric symbols used to represent the universe.  Join Shaleen Hirji, a learner from Disability Studies, for an interactive workshop on how to use mandala designs to create decorative art.  Participants will create their own unique piece of art.​

Date:  February 28, 2018
Time:  12:30- 1:30 pm
Location:  The Intercultural Centre, N322

Register: intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

March 12, 2018

Teach your Talent: Tai Chi

Are you curious about Chinese Martial Arts?  Join BVC Alumni, Hong Sheng Wong, for an interactive workshop on the simple Tai Chi 18 Style.  Participates will learn the slow, rhythmic, and meditative body movements that are designed to enhance relaxation, inner calm, and peace.

Date:  March 12, 2018
Time:  12:30- 1:30 pm
Location:  The Intercultural Centre, N322

Register: intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

January 30, 2018

Teach your Talent: Candle Dance

Join Lloyd Vinz Marcelo, a learner in Justice Studies, for a high energy workshop on how to dance the Pandanggo Sa Ilaw or Candle dance.  

Participants will learn steps to this traditional Filipino dance and practice a choreographed dance routine.   

Date:  January 30, 2018
Time:  12:30- 1:30 pm
Location:  The Intercultural Centre, N322

Register: intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

February 28, 2018

Teach your Talent: Dot Mandalas

Mandalas are beautiful geometric symbols used to represent the universe.  Join Shaleen Hirji, a learner from Disability Studies, for an interactive workshop on how to use mandala designs to create decorative art.  Participants will create their own unique piece of art.​

Date:  February 28, 2018
Time:  12:30- 1:30 pm
Location:  The Intercultural Centre, N322

Register: intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

March 12, 2018

Teach your Talent: Tai Chi

Are you curious about Chinese Martial Arts?  Join BVC Alumni, Hong Sheng Wong, for an interactive workshop on the simple Tai Chi 18 Style.  Participates will learn the slow, rhythmic, and meditative body movements that are designed to enhance relaxation, inner calm, and peace.

Date:  March 12, 2018
Time:  12:30- 1:30 pm
Location:  The Intercultural Centre, N322

Register: intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

Cultural Insights

Sharing insights into culture and identity.

Cultural Insights is a monthly event held at the Intercultural Centre.

Do you have the desire to share an aspect of your own culture, or aspect of your identity in a workshop.  We would love for you to share it!  The goal is to provide insight into a community that resonates with you from your own perspective to enrich the lives of others at the College.  

All Bow Valley College learners, staff, and faculty are invited to attend.

For more information on our upcoming events, see our Events Calendar.

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February 13, 2018

Cultural Insights: Global Citizenship

The Intercultural Centre wants to know, what does Global Citizenship mean to you?  How can we represent it on campus?  Opportunities for dialogue will be accompanied with interactive and reflective activities. Be a part of this conversation and movement happening at the College. 

Date: February 13, 2018
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Intercultural Centre, N322

Register:intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

March 8, 2018

Cultural Insights: Of Grace and Frankness: An Unfiltered Conversation

In observance of International Women's Day, join us for an intimate and animated conversation on women and aging. Conversation will surround four topics: social presence, sexuality, marketing, and transformation.  Space limited to 20 individuals, so please register early.

Date: Mach 8, 2018
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Intercultural Centre, N322

Register:intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

April 11, 2018

Cultural Insights: Earth Day

In collaboration with BVC Green, the Iniikokaan Centre, and International Education, the IC is hosting TEDxBowValleyCollege speaker, Miguel Barros, and his collection Transparency, depicting glacial melting. This interactive display will highlight Indigenous perspectives on global warming and will explore environmental justice and social sustainability.

Date: Wednesday, April 11th, 2018
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: South Campus Atrium

No registration necessary. 

February 13, 2018

Cultural Insights: Global Citizenship

The Intercultural Centre wants to know, what does Global Citizenship mean to you?  How can we represent it on campus?  Opportunities for dialogue will be accompanied with interactive and reflective activities. Be a part of this conversation and movement happening at the College. 

Date: February 13, 2018
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Intercultural Centre, N322

Register:intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

March 8, 2018

Cultural Insights: Of Grace and Frankness: An Unfiltered Conversation

In observance of International Women's Day, join us for an intimate and animated conversation on women and aging. Conversation will surround four topics: social presence, sexuality, marketing, and transformation.  Space limited to 20 individuals, so please register early.

Date: Mach 8, 2018
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Intercultural Centre, N322

Register:intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

April 11, 2018

Cultural Insights: Earth Day

In collaboration with BVC Green, the Iniikokaan Centre, and International Education, the IC is hosting TEDxBowValleyCollege speaker, Miguel Barros, and his collection Transparency, depicting glacial melting. This interactive display will highlight Indigenous perspectives on global warming and will explore environmental justice and social sustainability.

Date: Wednesday, April 11th, 2018
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: South Campus Atrium

No registration necessary. 

IC Voice

Share ideas with your peers.

Engage in meaningful conversations with your peers.

This program encourages BVC learners to share their ideas through workshops, blog posts, and discussions with other learners.

For more information, read the blog post Giving Learners a Voice.

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February 15, 2018

Learner Insights: You Matter!

Have you ever felt like you keep a lot to yourself because it is too difficult to find people who understand?  You are not alone!  Join, Justice Studies learner, Michaela Leon for an interactive and honest talk on her journey to managing depression through vulnerability and creating connections. 

Date:  February 15, 2018
Time:  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:  The Intercultural Centre (N322)

Register: intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

February 15, 2018

Learner Insights: You Matter!

Have you ever felt like you keep a lot to yourself because it is too difficult to find people who understand?  You are not alone!  Join, Justice Studies learner, Michaela Leon for an interactive and honest talk on her journey to managing depression through vulnerability and creating connections. 

Date:  February 15, 2018
Time:  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:  The Intercultural Centre (N322)

Register: intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

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