With growing worldwide ties and record international student enrollment, Purdue University Calumet now can claim to be a regional university that offers The International Concourse of nearly 200 international flags on campus.
Hanging from the ceiling of the Student Union & Library’s first floor are flags of nations and regions representing the home lands of current and former Purdue Calumet students, faculty and staff.
The International Concourse will be dedicated at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 16. All are invited to attend.
“The intent of establishing The International Concourse is to provide a permanent reminder that Purdue Calumet is committed to educating our campus community and engaging visitors about the value of respecting and embracing cultural differences, as well as promoting inclusion,” said Shelly Robinson, director of career services and a member of Purdue Calumet’s Multi-Cultural Campus Council.
The Multi-Cultural Campus Council coordinated plans for The International Concourse, with support from the Office of the Chancellor.
Triggered by increasing partnerships abroad, Purdue Calumet international student enrollment has exceeded 600 students this academic year. There also is widespread global representation among faculty and staff members.
Purdue Calumet adheres to a position that diversity among its members strengthens the university, stimulates creativity, promotes the exchange of ideas and enriches campus life.