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 inclusivity 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. Come visit us!

The IC is located at Bow Valley College, North Campus N322. 

 

Get Involved

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 March 6, 2017

IC Week: Colour me different

12:00pm to 1:00pm
Tuesday March 7, 2017

IC Week: BLANK by Nassim Soleimanpour

12:00pm to 1:00pm
Wednesday March 8, 2017

IC Week: International Women's Day

12:00pm to 1:00pm
Thursday March 9, 2017

IC Week: ImageNATION 150

12:00pm to 1:00pm
Friday March 10, 2017

Community Volunteering: BB4CK

9:00am to 12:00pm

IC Week 2017

A Spotlight on Diversity

Promoting, exploring and championing the advantages of diversity is a critical task for communities to undertake. IC Week 2017 has been designed to do just that.

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March 6, 2017

Colour me different: An art installation by Miguel Barros

Join us, as we showcase an art collection by Miguel Barros and his work, No Theme || Only Colors. 

Miguel’s collection explores the beauty in diversity, reflected in his time in Angola, India, Portugal, and Canada.  

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Location: South Campus Atrium

March 7, 2017

BLANK by Nassim Soleimanpour: A theatre performance

Experience a theatrical presentation, written by Iranian playwright, Nassim Soleimanpour.  A one person show that comes to life with audience participation at every turn.  Use your wit and creativity and help determine the outcome of this script!

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Location: N124

Register at intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca  Seating is limited!

March 8, 2017

International Women’s Day: The anatomy of objectification

In recognition of International Women’s Day, the IC will be hosting an interactive display of body objectification; its presence in marketing and media, its influence on daily interactions, and its existence as a reflection of complex and contradictory social values. 

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Location: South Campus Atrium

March 9, 2017

ImagiNATION 150:  A national building exercise

As our country enters its sesquicentennial (150th anniversary), how can we enter the next 150 years, as a nation united?  As one that has reconciled, and come to terms with its past?  Contribute your vision for Canada in this collaborative exercise. 

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Location: South Campus Atrium 

March 10, 2017

Global Groove: A gathering of world dance

Get ready to move to a myriad of melodies.  Join us for this learner lead event, teaching dance steps from around the world.  No dance shoes required!

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Location: S2009

March 6, 2017

Colour me different: An art installation by Miguel Barros

Join us, as we showcase an art collection by Miguel Barros and his work, No Theme || Only Colors. 

Miguel’s collection explores the beauty in diversity, reflected in his time in Angola, India, Portugal, and Canada.  

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Location: South Campus Atrium

March 7, 2017

BLANK by Nassim Soleimanpour: A theatre performance

Experience a theatrical presentation, written by Iranian playwright, Nassim Soleimanpour.  A one person show that comes to life with audience participation at every turn.  Use your wit and creativity and help determine the outcome of this script!

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Location: N124

Register at intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca  Seating is limited!

March 8, 2017

International Women’s Day: The anatomy of objectification

In recognition of International Women’s Day, the IC will be hosting an interactive display of body objectification; its presence in marketing and media, its influence on daily interactions, and its existence as a reflection of complex and contradictory social values. 

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Location: South Campus Atrium

March 9, 2017

ImagiNATION 150:  A national building exercise

As our country enters its sesquicentennial (150th anniversary), how can we enter the next 150 years, as a nation united?  As one that has reconciled, and come to terms with its past?  Contribute your vision for Canada in this collaborative exercise. 

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Location: South Campus Atrium 

March 10, 2017

Global Groove: A gathering of world dance

Get ready to move to a myriad of melodies.  Join us for this learner lead event, teaching dance steps from around the world.  No dance shoes required!

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Location: S2009

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, 2017

Communal Table: Motivation with Evan Weselake 

Set the tone for your new year with Evan Weselake, of GetPureFocus.  Evan will guide you to feed your focus, starve your distractions, and ensure that your great strategies and goals find their way into execution.

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: Intercultural Centre N322

Register: intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

February 7, 2017

Communal Table: Waffles in Winter

Join us for a sweet and savory gathering with Sam Friley, of Buttermilk Fine Waffles.  Sam will share his story of starting this new, yet iconic business in Calgary, and how his global travels shaped his unique company culture. 

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: Intercultural Centre N322

Register: intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

April 4, 2017

Communal Table: Crave Cupcakes

We're craving your company!

What a better way to end the semester, than enjoying a sweet treat with Jodi and Carolyne of Crave Cupcakes.  Hear about their success story, involvement in the community, and new 7D Kitchen initiative.  Gluten free treats available.  

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: S2009

Register: intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

January 24, 2017

Communal Table: Motivation with Evan Weselake 

Set the tone for your new year with Evan Weselake, of GetPureFocus.  Evan will guide you to feed your focus, starve your distractions, and ensure that your great strategies and goals find their way into execution.

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: Intercultural Centre N322

Register: intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

February 7, 2017

Communal Table: Waffles in Winter

Join us for a sweet and savory gathering with Sam Friley, of Buttermilk Fine Waffles.  Sam will share his story of starting this new, yet iconic business in Calgary, and how his global travels shaped his unique company culture. 

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: Intercultural Centre N322

Register: intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

April 4, 2017

Communal Table: Crave Cupcakes

We're craving your company!

What a better way to end the semester, than enjoying a sweet treat with Jodi and Carolyne of Crave Cupcakes.  Hear about their success story, involvement in the community, and new 7D Kitchen initiative.  Gluten free treats available.  

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: S2009

Register: intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

Teach Your Talent

Share your passion at the IC

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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February 8, 2017

Teach your Talent: Bhangra Dancing

Do you like to learn different kinds of dance?

Join BVC learner, Beant Kaur, for a high energy workshop on Bhangra dancing.  You will learn some traditional Punjabi dance steps and create a choreographed routine.

Time:  12:30- 1:30 pm

Location:  Intercultural Centre (N322)

Register: intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

 

March 16, 2017

Teach your Talent: Flower Arranging

Create your own floral statement!

Join BVC learner, Gandy Dionisio, for an interactive workshop on flower arranging.  You will learn how the type of flower, color, texture and meaning of the flower come together in creating a beautiful arrangement.

Time:  12:30- 1:30 pm

Location:  Intercultural Centre (N322)

Register: intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

February 8, 2017

Teach your Talent: Bhangra Dancing

Do you like to learn different kinds of dance?

Join BVC learner, Beant Kaur, for a high energy workshop on Bhangra dancing.  You will learn some traditional Punjabi dance steps and create a choreographed routine.

Time:  12:30- 1:30 pm

Location:  Intercultural Centre (N322)

Register: intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

 

March 16, 2017

Teach your Talent: Flower Arranging

Create your own floral statement!

Join BVC learner, Gandy Dionisio, for an interactive workshop on flower arranging.  You will learn how the type of flower, color, texture and meaning of the flower come together in creating a beautiful arrangement.

Time:  12:30- 1:30 pm

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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January 12, 2017

ICan Crew Orientation

Want to connect with other learners and engage in campus activities? Join the Intercultural Centre's ICan Crew!

Time: Choose the time that suits your schedule.  

11:00 am - 11:30 am

12:30 am - 1:00 pm

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

For volunteering information contact intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

February 10, 2017

Community Volunteering: BB4CK

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

For volunteering information contact intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

March 10, 2017

Community Volunteering: BB4CK

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

For volunteering information contact intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

March 30, 2017

Salvation Army

Join the ICan Crew at the Salvation Army.

Stay tuned for more details. 

For volunteering information contact intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

April 21, 2017

Community Volunteering: BB4CK

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

For volunteering information contact intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

January 12, 2017

ICan Crew Orientation

Want to connect with other learners and engage in campus activities? Join the Intercultural Centre's ICan Crew!

Time: Choose the time that suits your schedule.  

11:00 am - 11:30 am

12:30 am - 1:00 pm

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

For volunteering information contact intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

February 10, 2017

Community Volunteering: BB4CK

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

For volunteering information contact intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

March 10, 2017

Community Volunteering: BB4CK

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

For volunteering information contact intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

March 30, 2017

Salvation Army

Join the ICan Crew at the Salvation Army.

Stay tuned for more details. 

For volunteering information contact intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

April 21, 2017

Community Volunteering: BB4CK

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

For volunteering information contact intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

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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January 11, 2017

IC Voice: Study Tips with Rick

Join Rick Alvarez for a workshop that shares study tips that have helped him to succeed at college. Rick draws upon his experiences as an international learner in Business Administration and introduces you to strategies for learning in Canada.

Learn from Rick's experience and get ready for a successful term.

Time: 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Location: Intercultural Centre N322

Register: intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

March 15, 2017

IC Voice presents Learner Insights: Midwifery

What is midwifery?

Join BVC learner, Renae Prince for an engaging and awareness filled talk on dispelling the myths surrounding midwifery.

Time: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Location: Intercultural Centre N322

Register: intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

January 11, 2017

IC Voice: Study Tips with Rick

Join Rick Alvarez for a workshop that shares study tips that have helped him to succeed at college. Rick draws upon his experiences as an international learner in Business Administration and introduces you to strategies for learning in Canada.

Learn from Rick's experience and get ready for a successful term.

Time: 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Location: Intercultural Centre N322

Register: intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

March 15, 2017

IC Voice presents Learner Insights: Midwifery

What is midwifery?

Join BVC learner, Renae Prince for an engaging and awareness filled talk on dispelling the myths surrounding midwifery.

Time: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Location: Intercultural Centre N322

Register: intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

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