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 Competence

We offer programming to support you in developing introductory skills in intercultural competence. Our events, activities and workshops focus on building self-awareness, learning new perspectives, and engaging with diversity. 

Engaged Citizenship

Get involved at your campus and in your community! Whether it’s learning something new about your community through one of our presentations, or volunteering in the community, we provide opportunities for you to develop new skills, and have meaningful interactions.

Global Mindset

The Intercultural Centre’s programming encourages the College community to see itself as part of an interconnected world. Through our events, activities and workshops, we strive to develop thinking that is truly global.


Join the ICan Crew

If you’re looking for opportunities to volunteer, meet new people, learn new skills, and gain new perspectives, join the ICan Crew!

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 for more information.  

We request that donations be clean and in good condition.  


  • Reusable bags
  • Clothing items (shirts, pants, dresses, skirts, clean bras, etc.)
  • 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
  • Shoes
  • Electronics
  • Appliances
  • Bedding, blankets
  • Hats
  • Hair Accessories
  • Toiletries
  • anything that would be difficult to take on transit or walk with. 

Upcoming in the IC

11 That's My Jam!

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

All month History of the Calgary Stampede

Summer in Calgary is a staple, not only for our community but for travellers from other parts of the world!  Learn more about the Stampede and its history.

8  That's My Jam!

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

All month Music Around the World

Something anyone around the world can connect about is music!  Drop by the IC to learn about some instruments and types of music from around the world!  

5 to 15 Books Around the World: Culture Shock!

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

Moving to somewhere new with different customs and ways of life can be a difficult transition. Visit the Intercultural Centre to learn more about culture shock, how to deal with it, and read some stories that relay the experience of culture shock.

13 Reading of Letters to Singapore by Kelly Kaur

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Join us in listening to Kelly Kaur’s reading of her book, Letters to Singapore. The main character, Simran, attends the University of Calgary after barely escaping an arranged marriage in Singapore. Simran exchanges letters with her mother, sister, and friends. The letters tell us a story filled with conflict, hilarity, peril, and presents the different pathways of pursuing a traditional life and an independent life for women.

Copies of Letters to Singapore will be available for purchase at the reading for $20 each.

26 EDI Series Workshop (In-Person) - Land Acknowledgements

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

We invite you to join us at the Intercultural Centre to learn about and discuss the importance of land acknowledgements and how to craft a meaningful land acknowledgement.

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.  

Teach Your Talent: Learner led workshops


Workshops delivered at the Intercultural Centre


ICan Crew learner volunteers

IC Learner Insights: Share ideas with your peers

Alexis Saulteaux

"I find that volunteering is important to help grow as a person. I started because I needed a change. It has helped me to step outside of my comfort zone."

Alexis Saulteaux

ICan Crew Volunteer, Aboriginal Upgrading Program
ICan Crew 2022 Stampede 3

Intercultural Centre

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


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