Intercultural Centre

Engage with the diversity of your campus and community through activities, events, and volunteer opportunities.


Fostering inclusion and meaningful connections

The Intercultural Centre (IC) provides opportunities for all learners to take part in events, activities and workshops that foster respect, inclusion, creativity, teamwork and resilience, as part of Bow Valley College’s “Open Doors – Open Minds” strategy.

Visit us in room N322 of North Campus or reach out to us at intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca.

 

Black History, Black Futures Month Raised fist

 

All month long in the Intercultural Centre

Discovery Hub: Black History across Canada | 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. IC N322

Dive into the impactful history of Black Canadians by exploring the remarkable communities they built and the legacies they left behind. Rediscover and celebrate their influential stories, reshaping the narrative of our shared heritage. 

Featured Artist Anthony Russell | 8:00AM to 4:00PM | IC N322

Anthony is a local Calgary artist who uses mixed media techniques to tackle racial and social injustice topics within the melanin community. He aims to educate people about social issues and give back to the community through the arts. His art will be displayed in the Intercultural Centre all month long. Learn more about Anthony by visiting this link.

TEDTalk Tuesdays | Every Tuesday in February | 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm | IC N322

Are you ready to embark on a journey of inspiration, thought-provoking ideas, and mind-expanding discussions? Look no further! Join us every Tuesday during Black History/Black Futures Month to watch TED Talks focusing on Black speakers and engage in meaningful conversations with fellow attendees. See you there! 

 


Self-Expression Workshop with Artist and Playwright, A.N. 

February 7th, 2024 | 1:00pm to 2:00pm | ICN322

Looking to find your way back home to yourself? Discover the power of introspection, journaling, and sharing with Calgary-based pop-rock artist and playwright A.N. (Ado Nkemka). She is promoting her first project I'm Not Afraid to Die Anymore after years of finding her voice.

Register via MS Forms: https://forms.office.com/r/tQHQqAXmxU


 

EDI Series: Black History, Black Love

February 13, 2024 | 10:00AM to 11:00AM | In person, IC N322

February 14, 2024 | 12:00PM to 1:00PM | Online, MS Teams


Join us this Valentine's Day for our workshop that doesn't just address the struggles that Black people have faced historically, but also the joys and dimensions of Black love. You can register for the event here, but you are more than welcome to drop in if you don't get a chance to register. 

Register via MS Forms: https://forms.office.com/r/6fzfjL4hkd

 


Featured Film: John Ware Reclaimed

February 15, 2024 | 1:30PM to 3:30PM | IC N322 


John Ware Reclaimed follows filmmaker Cheryl Foggo on her quest to re-examine the mythology surrounding John Ware, the Black cowboy who settled in Alberta, Canada, before the turn of the 20th century. Foggo’s research uncovers who this iconic figure might have been, and what his legacy means in terms of anti-Black racism, both past and present. The screening of the film will be followed by a talkback session with the filmmaker, Cheryl Foggo. You can register for the event here, but you are more than welcome to drop in if you don't get a chance to register. 

Please note: This film contains explicit language. Viewer discretion is advised.

 

Register via MS Forms: https://forms.office.com/r/3WuFT2Kc51

 


Black Wellness Workshop

February 26, 2024 | 1:00PM to 3:00PM | IC N322

The Intercultural Centre invites all Black identifying learners to a wellness workshop on self-care hosted by BVC's counselling team. Please join us for activities, conversations, community building, and some snacks, and take home a self-care kit that you've put together for yourself. You can register for the event here, but you are more than welcome to drop in if you don't get a chance to register. 

Register via MS Forms: https://forms.office.com/r/Gua7TmXz7x

 


Join the ICan Crew

The Intercultural Centre has many opportunities for volunteering such as Curiosity Champion, Teach Your Talent, MC in the IC, and more! Volunteering for these positions in the IC will help you build your confidence, develop an inclusive mindset, and act as a great addition when applying for awards, scholarships, and other schools. Read on to learn more about each volunteer opportunity.

Curiosity Champion
Curiosity Champions greet learners who visit the Intercultural Centre. They provide tours of the current Discovery Hub and answer general questions about what the Intercultural Centre offers. There will always be a staff member to support our Curiosity Champions.

Language 101
This is a student-led series where you can introduce and teach basic words and phrases in a language you are fluent in. We provide support and coaching for anyone who would like to teach a workshop!

MC in the IC
MC in the IC is an opportunity for learners who would like to practice their public speaking in a safe environment. This volunteer opportunity allows learners to take small steps towards achieving the comfortability to speak to larger groups.

Second Chances Free Store - Generosity Ambassador
The Second Chances Free Store is open and free for all, it has items such as clothing, housewares, jewelry, and school supplies. Generosity Ambassadors are present for the checkout process to ensure policies on higher demand items are respected, and to record the number of individuals who have accessed the store. No other information is recorded!
The hours for the Second Chances Free Store are Monday to Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Showcase Co-Creator
The IC Showcase is a mini display on the 3rd floor of North Campus. The purpose of the showcase is to feature topics relating to equity, diversity, and inclusion. This can range from different types of diversity to social justice issues. The time commitment and workload for this opportunity can be adjusted upon request.

Teach Your Talent
Teach Your Talent is a learner-led event where you are given the opportunity to share a skill you are passionate about with you fellow peers. Learners in the past have taught art, karate, cultural dances, calligraphy, and more!

 

To get involved:

Click here to join!

Second Chances Free Store - Now open!

Come visit our Second Chances Free Store at the Intercultural Centre!  Please bring your own bags as well will not be providing any.

If you would like to donate some pre-loved items, please see our list below for what items we will accept and what we will not.  If an item is larger than a bag or would be difficult for someone to carry on transit, we will not accept the item.  If you are unsure or have any questions, please feel free to email intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca for more information.  

We request that donations be clean and in good condition.  

Accepted:

  • Reusable bags
  • Clothing items (shirts, pants, dresses, skirts, clean bras, etc.)
  • Shoes
  • Houseware (mugs, plates, cups, etc.)
  • Accessories (no hair accessories, hats, or earrings)
  • School Supplies (empty binders, pens, etc.)
  • Bags, purses, backpacks
  • Umbrellas

 

Not Accepted:

  • Undergarments (socks, underwear)
  • Bathing Suits
  • Electronics
  • Appliances
  • Bedding, blankets
  • Hats
  • Hair Accessories
  • Toiletries
  • anything that would be difficult to take on transit or walk with. 
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Upcoming in the IC

Discovery Hub: Black Histories, Presents, and Futures

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Dive into the impactful history of Black Canadians by exploring the remarkable communities they built and the legacies they left behind. Rediscover and celebrate their influential stories, reshaping the narrative of our shared heritage.


Featured Artist, Anthony Russell

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Visit the Intercultural Centre to view Anthony Russell's artwork, which will be displayed throughout Black History/Black Futures Month. He is a local Calgary artist who uses mixed media techniques to tackle racial and social injustice topics within the melanin community. He aims to educate people about social issues and give back to the community through the arts. 


Thursday February 1

Kick off Black History Month with the IC!


Tuesday February 6: TEDTalk Tuesdays

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Are you ready to embark on a journey of inspiration, thought-provoking ideas, and mind-expanding discussions? Look no further! Join us every Tuesday for a new and exciting TED Talk Series, and engage in meaningful conversations with fellow attendees. See you there!


Wednesday February 7: Self Expression Workshop with Artist and Playwright, A.N.

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Looking to find your way back home to yourself? Discover the power of introspection, journaling, and sharing with Calgary-based pop-rock artist and playwright A.N. (Ado Nkemka). She is promoting her first project I'm Not Afraid to Die Anymore after years of finding her voice.

Register via MS Formshttps://forms.office.com/r/tQHQqAXmxU


 
Tuesday February 13: EDI Series, Black History, Black Love | IN PERSON

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Join us this Valentine's Day for our workshop that doesn't just address the struggles that Black people have faced historically, but also the joys and dimensions of Black love. You can register for the event here, but you are more than welcome to drop in if you don't get a chance to register.

Register via MS Formshttps://forms.office.com/r/6fzfjL4hkd


Tuesday February 13: TEDTalk Tuesdays

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Are you ready to embark on a journey of inspiration, thought-provoking ideas, and mind-expanding discussions? Look no further! Join us every Tuesday for a new and exciting TED Talk Series, and engage in meaningful conversations with fellow attendees. See you there!


Wednesday February 14: Breakfast Club

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Picture this: a cozy corner filled with the aroma of freshly brewed coffee, the crunch of granola bars, the sweetness of fruit bars, and the nutty goodness of assorted nuts. Join us for a delightful start to your day, engage in camaraderie and conversations that will leave you feeling empowered and connected. β˜•πŸŒž


Wednesday February 14: EDI Series, Black History, Black Love | ONLINE

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Join us this Valentine's Day for our workshop that doesn't just address the struggles that Black people have faced historically, but also the joys and dimensions of Black love. You can register for the event here, but you are more than welcome to drop in if you don't get a chance to register.

Register via MS Formshttps://forms.office.com/r/6fzfjL4hkd


Thursday February 15: John Ware Reclaimed Viewing

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

John Ware Reclaimed follows filmmaker Cheryl Foggo on her quest to re-examine the mythology surrounding John Ware, the Black cowboy who settled in Alberta, Canada, before the turn of the 20th century. Foggo’s research uncovers who this iconic figure might have been, and what his legacy means in terms of anti-Black racism, both past and present. The screening of the film will be followed by a talkback session with the filmmaker, Cheryl Foggo. You can register for the event here, but you are more than welcome to drop in if you don't get a chance to register. 

Register via MS Formshttps://forms.office.com/r/3WuFT2Kc51


Tuesday February 20: TEDTalk Tuesdays

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Are you ready to embark on a journey of inspiration, thought-provoking ideas, and mind-expanding discussions? Look no further! Join us every Tuesday for a new and exciting TED Talk Series, and engage in meaningful conversations with fellow attendees. See you there!

 


Wednesday February 21: CLOSED 

The Intercultural Centre will be closed on February 21st for a staff event.


Monday February 26 - March 8: FREE STORE, Business Wear Donation Drive

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Outgrow your old suit jacket or dress? Consider donating your used business wear to the Second Chances Free Store to share your gently loved items with our learners as they gear up for interviews. 


Monday February 26: Black Mental Health Workshop

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

The Intercultural Centre invites all Black identifying learners to a wellness workshop on self-care hosted by BVC's counselling team. Please join us for activities, conversations, community building, and some snacks, and take home a self-care kit that you've put together for yourself. You can register for the event here, but you are more than welcome to drop in if you don't get a chance to register. 

Register via MS Forms: https://forms.office.com/r/Gua7TmXz7x


Tuesday February 27: That's My Jam!

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Join us for some live music!  You can sing along, play along, or just enjoy the tunes!  Click here to request a song.  


Tuesday February 27: TEDTalk Tuesdays

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Are you ready to embark on a journey of inspiration, thought-provoking ideas, and mind-expanding discussions? Look no further! Join us every Tuesday for a new and exciting TED Talk Series, and engage in meaningful conversations with fellow attendees. See you there!


Wednesday February 28: Breakfast Club

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Picture this: a cozy corner filled with the aroma of freshly brewed coffee, the crunch of granola bars, the sweetness of fruit bars, and the nutty goodness of assorted nuts. Join us for a delightful start to your day, engage in camaraderie and conversations that will leave you feeling empowered and connected. β˜•πŸŒž

Discovery Hub: Indigenous Women in Our Community

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Celebrate the remarkable achievements of Indigenous women in our community! Explore their incredible accomplishments and be inspired by the impactful stories and journeys they've paved.


Tuesday March 5: TEDTalk Tuesdays

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Are you ready to embark on a journey of inspiration, thought-provoking ideas, and mind-expanding discussions? Look no further! Join us every Tuesday for a new and exciting TED Talk Series and engage in meaningful conversations with fellow attendees. See you there!


Friday March 8: Intercultural Centre is CLOSED, join us in the Iniikokaan Centre!

Friday March 8: Indigenous Women Leaders Panel
Location: Iniikokaan Centre (Hybrid)

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

As we navigate what reconciliation looks like moving forward, take some time to join us for our Indigenous Women Leaders Panel on March 8, to coincide with
International Women's Day. Join us to learn about how these women paved their career paths, the challenges they faced, how reconciliation impacts their work, and come celebrate their accomplishments with us!

Panelists:
- Christy Morgan (TELUS)
- Lorelei Higgins (Mrs. Unit y World Canada 2024)
- Loretta Tuttauk (Loretta's Wellness Circle)
- Michellaine Sleigh (Trendz Beauty)
- Nicole Robertson (Muskwa Productions)

Register to attend the panel via MS Forms: https://forms.office.com/r/Y4teRy0jZU


Monday March 11: Teach Your Talent, Ramadan with Fatima

Join our student-led series, where students share their expertise about a skill or topic with our community. In this session, we will learn more about how Fatima observes Ramadan!

Register for the event via MS Forms: https://forms.office.com/r/yLcfPJtAid


Tuesday March 12: TEDTalk Tuesdays

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Are you ready to embark on a journey of inspiration, thought-provoking ideas, and mind-expanding discussions? Look no further! Join us every Tuesday for a new and exciting TED Talk Series, and engage in meaningful conversations with fellow attendees. See you there!


Wednesday March 13: Breakfast Club

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Picture this: a cozy corner filled with the aroma of freshly brewed coffee, the crunch of granola bars, the sweetness of fruit bars, and the nutty goodness of assorted nuts. Join us for a delightful start to your day, engage in camaraderie and conversations that will leave you feeling empowered and connected. β˜•πŸŒž


Thursday March 14: Stress Management & Healthy Coping

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Join us for a presentation on how to manage your stress and learn healthy coping mechanisms!

 


 
Friday March 15: Film Friday - Mary Two-Axe Earley: I Am Indian Again

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Step into a world where every story matters, every voice is heard, and every perspective is celebrated at our IC Film Fridays! Join us for an inspiring journey that explores the human experience, fostering conversations on equity, diversity, and inclusion.

We will be screening Mary Two-Axe Earley: I Am Indian Again for March's Film Friday! Mary Two-Axe Earley: I Am Indian Again shares the powerful story of Mary Two-Axe Earley, who fought for more than two decades to challenge sex discrimination against First Nations women embedded in Canada’s Indian Act and became a key figure in Canada’s women’s rights movement.

The screening will be followed by trivia with a prize, and there will be popcorn!

Register via MS Formshttps://forms.office.com/r/Vc7rCanXas


Wednesday March 20: EDI Series, Postcolonialism and Art | IN PERSON

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Thursday March 21: EDI Series, Postcolonialism and Art | ONLINE

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Friday March 22: Language 101 - Hindi with Neha

Join our student lead series, where you can learn the basic phrases of a language. In this session, Neha will teach the basics of Hindi.

Register for the event via MS Forms: https://forms.office.com/r/Mp6U1qQA77


Tuesday March 26: That's My Jam! 

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Join us for some live music!  You can sing along, play along, or just enjoy the tunes!  Click here to request a song.  


Tuesday March 26: TEDTalk Tuesdays

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Are you ready to embark on a journey of inspiration, thought-provoking ideas, and mind-expanding discussions? Look no further! Join us every Tuesday for a new and exciting TED Talk Series, and engage in meaningful conversations with fellow attendees. See you there!


Wednesday March 27: Breakfast Club

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Picture this: a cozy corner filled with the aroma of freshly brewed coffee, the crunch of granola bars, the sweetness of fruit bars, and the nutty goodness of assorted nuts. Join us for a delightful start to your day, engage in camaraderie and conversations that will leave you feeling empowered and connected. β˜•πŸŒž

April 2 - April 26: Flower Making Activity

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Stop by the Intercultural Centre and craft a support flower for this exam season! Craft supplies will be available for use whenever the Centre is open. If you would like to book a class visit, please contact Darany Touch dtouch@bowvalleycollege.ca


Tuesday April 2: TEDTalk Tuesdays

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Are you ready to embark on a journey of inspiration, thought-provoking ideas, and mind-expanding discussions? Look no further! Join us every Tuesday for a new and exciting TED Talk Series and engage in meaningful conversations with fellow attendees. See you there!


Wednesday April 3: Breakfast Club

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Picture this: a cozy corner filled with the aroma of freshly brewed coffee, the crunch of granola bars, the sweetness of fruit bars, and the nutty goodness of assorted nuts. Join us for a delightful start to your day, engage in camaraderie and conversations that will leave you feeling empowered and connected. β˜•πŸŒž


Friday April 5: Film Friday

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Step into a world where every story matters, every voice is heard, and every perspective is celebrated at our IC Film Fridays! Join us for an inspiring journey that explores the human experience, fostering conversations on equity, diversity, and inclusion. There will be popcorn, trivia, and a prize for our trivia winner!


Tuesday April 9: TEDTalk Tuesdays

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Are you ready to embark on a journey of inspiration, thought-provoking ideas, and mind-expanding discussions? Look no further! Join us every Tuesday for a new and exciting TED Talk Series and engage in meaningful conversations with fellow attendees. See you there!


Wednesday April 10: EDI Series, Mad Studies: Mental Health and Neurodivergence | IN PERSON

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.


 
Thursday April 11: EDI Series, Mad Studies: Mental Health and Neurodivergence | ONLINE

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Tuesday April 16: TEDTalk Tuesdays

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Are you ready to embark on a journey of inspiration, thought-provoking ideas, and mind-expanding discussions? Look no further! Join us every Tuesday for a new and exciting TED Talk Series and engage in meaningful conversations with fellow attendees. See you there!


Wednesday April 17: Breakfast Club

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Picture this: a cozy corner filled with the aroma of freshly brewed coffee, the crunch of granola bars, the sweetness of fruit bars, and the nutty goodness of assorted nuts. Join us for a delightful start to your day, engage in camaraderie and conversations that will leave you feeling empowered and connected. β˜•πŸŒž

 

Tuesday April 23: TEDTalk Tuesdays

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Are you ready to embark on a journey of inspiration, thought-provoking ideas, and mind-expanding discussions? Look no further! Join us every Tuesday for a new and exciting TED Talk Series and engage in meaningful conversations with fellow attendees. See you there!


 

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Intercultural Centre

Bow Valley College
North Campus, Room N322
345 - 6 Avenue SE
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
T2G 4V1

intercultural@bowvalleycollege.ca

 

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