(73i) Global Culture Exchange
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, November 14, 2016 - 10:16am to 10:33am
The Global Culture Exchange program is a monthly program where a student or faculty member presents information about their home. This frequently includes a bit about the history of their country, the geography, and the educational system. Presenters usually include photos of their homes and families, favorite recreational activities, favorite music, and the food. After the presentation, the group is invited to a light lunch featuring foods from that area. The presenter is typically bombarded with questions during the lunch. In each case, the students that present have become, instantly, a more integrated part of the student body. This new attitude persists long after the presentation.
So far, presentations have been skipped the globe from Iran to Russia to Bangladesh to Honduras and more. At the request of the students, we plan to incorporate a few regions of the U.S. as well. The Global Culture Exchange program has been a useful tool to open up communications within the department and encourage the student to be more accepting of those who are different from them.