Does Being in Proximity Encourage Interactions Between Domestic and International Students?
Arts and Sciences
0000-0001-6402-0711, 0000-0003-3296-0332, 0000-0002-9594-2732
The aim of this study is to explore if the proximity between international and domestic students promotes interaction. The sample we used includes international and domestic students on Valparaiso University’s campus. We focused on the Middle Eastern, African, and non-white international population.
Participants were asked to fill out a questionnaire that deals with how much time they spend in certain areas on campus; specifically spaces that are known to have a high international crowd.We hope that our research shows that being in proximity is effective in creating opportunities for communication. Universities can then begin to intentionally implement policies and programs to increase the likelihood of American and international students being in proximity with one another. Often, people are looked down upon, feared, or simply not understood because they come from a different background. If proximity can increase interaction between students, there is a high chance that the negative associations between the two populations will decrease.
Hackmann, Stacia; Kaldis, Eleni; and McCuan, Danielle, "Does Being in Proximity Encourage Interactions Between Domestic and International Students?" (2016). Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE). 560.