University Community to Celebrate 11th Annual Mix It Up at Lunch Day

Ferris State UniversityFerris State University students, here in Big Rapids, will join more than one million other students across the nation who are participating in the 11th annual Mix It Up at Lunch Day on Tuesday, Oct. 30.

Ferris’ event, hosted by the Office of Multicultural Student Services, takes place at the Rock Café on campus from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“The event helps students engage in dialogue about social boundaries, building such skills as listening and self-reflection,” said Michael Wade, assistant director of the Office of Multicultural Student Services. “The event provides an opportunity for deeper understanding and respect for different ideas and perspectives.”

At Mix-it-Up, participants get food from stations at the Rock Café and come to the reserved seating area in the facility where they will be encouraged to take a “new seat” engaging with someone they do not know.

“We hope students gain understanding, communication skills and respect of differences,” Wade said.

The event is nationally recognized and was launched in 2002 by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance Project. SPLC provides educators with free resources designed to reduce prejudice, improve intergroup relations and support equitable school experiences for our nation’s children.

This event is being coordinated by OMSS, the COMM 366 class and the SCHOLAR Program.

For more information about the lunch, email Wade at: or by phone at (231) 591-2617. Anyone interested can also contact Sandy Alspach at (231) 591-2779.

Last updated: 10-29-2012