“Become friends with people who are not your own age. Hang out with people whose first language isn’t the same as yours. Get to know someone who doesn’t come from your social class. This is how you see the world. This is how you grow.” -Anonymous
Living in the Purdue community is a great place to put these words into action. We live in an amazing diverse community with folks from around the country and the world. We can greatly enrich our lives and the lives of others we meet with the smallest acts of kindness. Engaging your neighbor or classmate in friendly conversations, inviting them to coffee or even sharing a meal can make a world of difference to them and to us. If you ever been a long way from home, you have most likely been impacted by the kindness of a friendly stranger. We all have the opportunity to be that friendly welcoming face to others.
One way to immerse yourself in unique experiences is by attending one of events put on by the many cultural centers here at Purdue. For example, the Black Cultural Center is hosting a Cultural Festival on July 7th, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm, on the Union front lawn. A good website to check out is, diversitytippecanoe.org. The site provides links to the many organizations that focus on issues of diversity in our community that includes opportunities for conversations, a World Heritage film series with discussion and many more.
Whether you are a lifelong resident of Lafayette or living here while you further your education, your participation in community activities will definitely make your experience living here a much richer one.