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

Monday June 26, 2017

Cultural Insights observes Eid ul Fitr

11:30am to 1:00pm
Wednesday June 28, 2017

IC Diversity Games

9:00am to 12:00pm
Tuesday July 11, 2017

Stampede Line Dancing

12:30pm to 1:30pm
Thursday July 27, 2017

Community Volunteerism: Habitat for Humanity

9:00am to 1:00pm

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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May 18, 2017

Do One Thing for Inclusion and Diversity

In conjunction with the Canadian Cultural Mosaic Foundation, the IC is hosting a two-fold collaborative activity, inviting participants to provide additions to a glossary of inclusive terms, and to share the meaning of their name. Celebrate your contribution to our diverse community!

Time: 11:30 to 1:00 p.m.

Location: South Campus Atrium

Register: intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

June 6, 2017

Cultural Insights: Stampede 101

Just in time for Stampede season, the Intercultural Centre will be hosting Christine Leppard, Historical Specialist, from The Calgary Stampede. 

This workshop will examine how the Calgary Stampede has influenced Calgary throughout its history, and how it continues to shape our city today. 

Time: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Location: N124

Register: intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

June 13, 2017

History Wrangler Presentation

Facilitated by the History Wrangler, Rob Lennard, this 75 minute presentation will include "high energy historical themed music, historical photos, student interaction, Q & A session". 

Time: 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

Location: N124

Register: intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

June 21, 2017

Multiculturalism Day

Multiculturalism Day in Canada is recognized in June. This year's interactive display will test your knowledge of Canada's Multiculturalism Act, how plurality is upheld by the Canadian court system, and will crowd-source ideas on what Canada can do next to foster a more inclusive society.

Time: 11:30 to 1:00 p.m.

Location: South Campus Atrium

Register: intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

June 26 - 30, 2017

Cultural Insights observes Eid ul Fitr

In observation of Eid ul Fitr, the IC will visually explore how Eid is celebrated within varying sects of Islam and within different cultures.  The IC will also display stories from Bow Valley College students on their own Eid traditions.

Time: 11:30 to 1:00 p.m.

Locations:

Monday - North Campus, N322 Intercultural Centre
Tuesday - South Campus, floor 5
Wednesday - South Campus, floor 2
Thursday - North Campus, floor 2
Friday - North Campus, floor 5

Register: intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

July 11, 2017

Stampede Line Dancing

Celebrate the Stampede by participating in an IC line dancing lesson.  Enjoy popcorn and enter to win a Stampede admission pass

Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Location: Intercultural Centre, N322

Register: intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

May 18, 2017

Do One Thing for Inclusion and Diversity

In conjunction with the Canadian Cultural Mosaic Foundation, the IC is hosting a two-fold collaborative activity, inviting participants to provide additions to a glossary of inclusive terms, and to share the meaning of their name. Celebrate your contribution to our diverse community!

Time: 11:30 to 1:00 p.m.

Location: South Campus Atrium

Register: intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

June 6, 2017

Cultural Insights: Stampede 101

Just in time for Stampede season, the Intercultural Centre will be hosting Christine Leppard, Historical Specialist, from The Calgary Stampede. 

This workshop will examine how the Calgary Stampede has influenced Calgary throughout its history, and how it continues to shape our city today. 

Time: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Location: N124

Register: intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

June 13, 2017

History Wrangler Presentation

Facilitated by the History Wrangler, Rob Lennard, this 75 minute presentation will include "high energy historical themed music, historical photos, student interaction, Q & A session". 

Time: 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

Location: N124

Register: intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

June 21, 2017

Multiculturalism Day

Multiculturalism Day in Canada is recognized in June. This year's interactive display will test your knowledge of Canada's Multiculturalism Act, how plurality is upheld by the Canadian court system, and will crowd-source ideas on what Canada can do next to foster a more inclusive society.

Time: 11:30 to 1:00 p.m.

Location: South Campus Atrium

Register: intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

June 26 - 30, 2017

Cultural Insights observes Eid ul Fitr

In observation of Eid ul Fitr, the IC will visually explore how Eid is celebrated within varying sects of Islam and within different cultures.  The IC will also display stories from Bow Valley College students on their own Eid traditions.

Time: 11:30 to 1:00 p.m.

Locations:

Monday - North Campus, N322 Intercultural Centre
Tuesday - South Campus, floor 5
Wednesday - South Campus, floor 2
Thursday - North Campus, floor 2
Friday - North Campus, floor 5

Register: intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

July 11, 2017

Stampede Line Dancing

Celebrate the Stampede by participating in an IC line dancing lesson.  Enjoy popcorn and enter to win a Stampede admission pass

Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Location: Intercultural Centre, N322

Register: intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

Volunteer at the IC

Join the Intercultural Centre's ICan Crew.

The Intercultural Centre’s ICan Crew is a diverse group of 140 learners who volunteer at campus events as well as within the Calgary community.

Volunteering is a great way to connect with other learners, learn valuable skills, and engage with campus activities.

To get involved, visit the Intercultural Centre (N322) or contact us at intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

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May 12, 2017

Community Volunteering: Brown Bagging for Calgary's kids

Join the ICan Crew at Brown Bagging for Calgary's kids.

For volunteering information contact intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

May 24 & 25, 2017

Community Volunteering: Calgary Children's Festival

The Intercultural Centre, in partnership with Learner Success Services, is hosting a BVC Cares Event on May 24 and 25, 2017.  Learners from the Early Learning and Child Care Program will be volunteering at the International Calgary Children's Festival.

For volunteering information contact intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

June 24, 2017

Community Volunteering: Green Calgary

The ICan Crew will be volunteering with Green Calgary on June 24, 2017 to support rain barrel and compost sales. 

For volunteering information contact intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

July 27, 2017

Community Volunteering: Habitat for Humanity

The ICan crew will be volunteering at the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store on July 27, 2017. 

For volunteering information contact intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

May 12, 2017

Community Volunteering: Brown Bagging for Calgary's kids

Join the ICan Crew at Brown Bagging for Calgary's kids.

For volunteering information contact intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

May 24 & 25, 2017

Community Volunteering: Calgary Children's Festival

The Intercultural Centre, in partnership with Learner Success Services, is hosting a BVC Cares Event on May 24 and 25, 2017.  Learners from the Early Learning and Child Care Program will be volunteering at the International Calgary Children's Festival.

For volunteering information contact intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

June 24, 2017

Community Volunteering: Green Calgary

The ICan Crew will be volunteering with Green Calgary on June 24, 2017 to support rain barrel and compost sales. 

For volunteering information contact intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

July 27, 2017

Community Volunteering: Habitat for Humanity

The ICan crew will be volunteering at the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store on July 27, 2017. 

For volunteering information contact intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

Diversity Games

A relay race of cultural activities.

Join in the fun of the Intercultural Centre's third annual Diversity Games. All Bow Valley College learners, staff, and faculty are invited to attend.

Connect with us on Twitter @BVC_CEIIA

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June 28 & 29, 2017

Diversity Games

A relay race of cultural activities. Teams will compete to complete various cultural tasks in a timed environment.

Time: 9:00 to 12:00 p.m.

Location: N231

Register: intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

June 28 & 29, 2017

Diversity Games

A relay race of cultural activities. Teams will compete to complete various cultural tasks in a timed environment.

Time: 9:00 to 12:00 p.m.

Location: N231

Register: intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

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