Mix It Up at Lunch Day helps students connect with peers, cross social boundaries

Students enrolled in MMU’s Immigrants & Literacy portal class are encouraging other students to Mix It Up in the lunch room on Thursday, Oct. 26. The event, set to take place Noon–1:30 p.m., helps students connect with peers and identify, question and cross social boundaries.  

“Cafeterias are the focus of Mix It Up because that’s where a school’s social cliques are most obvious,” said Norma Linda Mattingly, associate professor of education and coordinator of the event. “Our goal is to get MMU students practicing hospitality and a welcoming stance toward each other by having conversations over lunch. This is one small way to get students to demonstrate the Sisters of Mercy's value of hospitality towards one another.”

The national campaign was created over a decade ago, encouraging students to move out of their comfort zones and connect with someone new, a simple act with profound implications. According to tolerance.org, studies have shown that interactions across group lines can help reduce prejudice. When students interact with those who are different from them, biases and misperceptions can fall away.

This is the fourth year MMU is participating in the initiative.

All faculty, students, and staff are welcomed and encouraged to participate. To help start conversations, students from the Immigrants & Literacy class will be stationed at most tables with conversation starter cards.

For more information, contact Norma Linda Mattingly at nmattingly@mtmercy.edu.

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