Mixin' It Up At Purdue
The Multinational Integration Exchange is mixin’ it up at Purdue with training programs designed to get students in a common activity; to learn from one another; to walk away with a higher degree of cross-cultural competence; and to leave wanting more. Created to welcome the 1200 new international undergraduates preparing to immigrate to the US for education in Fall 2014, MIX boasts a high number of student leaders from Indiana, and the cross-cultural element of the MIX preparatory leader trainings have been boosted by a large number of dual identity students.
Of the 96 MIX student leaders now prepared to greet the incoming international students, 17 are students of dual identity, with at least one parent being born in a country other than the US. These students bring a variety of cross-cultural skills, from being bilingual to being able to explain the nuances of at least two cultures.
When asked what they fear most, new international students from China often express concern about the many numbers of cultural groups represented in the US. Having Chinese faces with American voices to greet them may help put those concerns to rest.