Idea fusion for positive social change.
Old Dominion University is committed to educating and empowering a workforce of leaders as change agents in a global society. The Office of Intercultural Relations, within Student Enrollment and Engagement Services, supports that objective through its comprehensive programming and services. As the University's influence within the community and nation increases, we strive to work collaboratively on campus towards shaping a more equitable, just and sustainable environment.
Diversity Institute (DI)
Semester-long Institute for ODU students which enhances awareness, commitment, knowledge, and skills towards developing leaders as change agents in a culturally diverse world. The first cohort began in January 2008. Spring semester recruitment begins in October. Fall semester recruitment begins in February.
Social Entrepreneurs Council (SEC)
Advisory council to the Office of Intercultural Relations on programming that identifies and addresses social issues through coalition-building and exploring creative solutions. The SEC is composed of students, faculty and administrators and meets monthly to discuss emerging issues, explore ideas for campus programs, and advocate for positive change in the community and society. The SEC promotes innovation, campus community, social responsibility and student leadership.
Spark Change Theater (SCT)
Intercultural Film Forum. Monthly film screening which features independent and documentary films that present and address social issues. SCT is designed to raise awareness, promote intercultural learning, foster understanding, and spark social justice advocacy.
Intercultural Matters Series (IM)
Workshop series focusing on intercultural communication, cultural understanding, intelligence and inclusion via professional and co-curricular development opportunities within intercultural education.
Faculty Voice (FV)
Brown Bag Series
Lecture series facilitated by faculty / graduate students presenting innovative research projects that focus on cross cultural impacts as it pertains to social justice and intercultural systems.
Dialogue on Emerging Issues (DEI)
Informal discussions on emerging societal concerns/activities that affect the campus community. DEI provides a safe environment for exploration of social issues such as unemployment, inequality, education, criminal justice, nutrition, health care, etc. DEI facilitators are campus community members.
Please stay tuned and check our website for events and programs. For more information about programming or to explore new initiatives,
please do not hesitate to contact
Alicia Phillips, Associate Director of Intercultural Initiatives
You may also call the office at 757-683-4406.