The Office of Intercultural Affairs provides and supports events and workshops that enhance the experience of underrepresented students, develop cultural competency and creates spaces for inclusive engagement.  




Feb 22-28: Black Talent 

  • Showcasing talent on our Instagram page 
  • Dodgeball tournament  and raffle 
  • Wild 'n Out event collaboration with Delta Sigma Theta 

Each Tuesday in February, Donahue, Dougherty and St. Mary’s dining halls will feature menus inspired by renowned Black chefs from across the country.


Thursday, February 25: 2-3 p.m.
Coffee Hour with Villanova Faculty and Staff
Registration Link

Thursday, February 25: 5:30 p.m.
Screening and Discussion of  PURPLE, Moderated by Rev. Naomi Washington Leapheart
Notes: PURPLE tells the story of everyday Americans with opposing viewpoints discovering the humanity and concerns behind each other’s positions. Sponsored by CPJE
Registration Link

Friday, February 26: 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Spotlight Speaker: Trapeta Mayson, ’15 EMBA
Trapeta B. Mayson is the city of Philadelphia 2020-2021 Poet Laureate. She reads her poetry widely and works extensively facilitating poetry and creative writing workshops. Her work sheds light on and honors the immigrant experience as well as amplifies the stories of everyday people. Join us as Trapeta shares her poetry and projects, which illustrate her use of the arts to mobilize, to build community and to create change.
Registration Link

Saturday, February 27: 1-3 p.m.
Spirituality and Song of Sr. Thea Bowman: A Virtual Retreat for Students with Fr. Maurice Nutt, CSSR

Notes: Co-sponsored by Campus Ministry and Falvey Memorial Library.
More information is available on our website.




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Freestyle Friday

Join us for pizza and conversation on Friday's! You bring the topic; we bring the pizza.

Heritage Month Celebrations

OIA leads a committee of campus partners, including students, faculty and staff, to celebrate cultural heritage months across campus. Look out for announcements of our events and let us know if there is a month you would like to see celebrated.

Student Leadership and Identity

OIA provides discussion groups to support underrepresented students who participate in student organizations. Students will discuss their roles on campus and how their identities impact their roles and experiences.

"What Does It Mean?" Series

OIA staff and ambassadors provide discussion groups for underrepresented students and welcome all intersecting identities. Students discuss contemporary issues and expectations and build relationships by sharing personal experiences and engaging in exploring their own identities.


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Exploring Your IDEAS (Identity Development, Experiences, Actions and Support)

The Office of Intercultural Affairs provides a space for student reflection through our Exploring Your IDEAS workshops. These workshops provide an opportunity for students to discuss and explore ideas related to social identity, intersectionality, inclusion and bias in our environments.

IDEAS: Social Identity

Examine and discuss the social identities of students and how power and privilege interact and engage with those identities.  

IDEAS: Intersectionality

Explore how identities and differences such as sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status and religion intersect and contribute to marginalization and privilege. Students will reflect and discuss how intersecting identities influence daily experiences.

IDEAS: Inclusion

Examine the concepts of diversity and inclusion in order to understand the differences between each concept. Support the creation of practices that develop inclusion. 


Define and explore the origins of bias. Examine how bias plays a role in our daily lives and identify techniques to reduce the impact of bias.  

IDEAS: Student Organization Bias

This workshop provides student organization leaders with a space to reflect on biases they may bring into their organization and existing biases within their organization. Develop an action plan to minimize bias.



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Additional Resources
We believe an inclusive community fosters an understanding and appreciation for diversity among our students, faculty, staff and administrators. Below are additional resources to help our fellow Villanovans.

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Office of Intercultural Affairs
Dougherty Hall Rm. 214

Eloise Berry, Ph.D.

Associate Director
Celina Alexander, MBA

Office Hours: Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.