As of fall 2017, almost 34 percent of students at Ball State University belong to ethnic minorities. Enrollment of students with diverse backgrounds has increased by at least 2 percent each fall since 2013.

Bobby Steele, director of the Multicultural Center at Ball State University, says heritage is important on a college campus as a way to honor and embrace students’ identities.

Although the United States is commonly referred to as a melting pot, a place where people’s differences are blended, this isn’t always the case. Heritage continues to leave its mark by contributing to a person’s overall makeup, according to several students.

Ball Bearings sat down with these individuals to talk about heritage, sharing cultures, and what that means in a so-called melting pot.

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