The blending of cultures

Individual heritage is not lost in the mixing of America’s “melting pot.”

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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