International Integration Initiative (P3i)
2015 Heiskell Award Honorable Mention: Internationalizing the Campus
Nomination submitted by: David Ayers, Associate Dean, International Programs
The P3i Program at Purdue University integrates international students into all aspects of campus life and prepares them to engage in meaningful ways with their American classmates, faculty and community. With pre-arrival, arrival, and post-arrival programs to connect international students with Americans and integrate them into the campus community, these students have the opportunity to participate in American culture and adapt successfully to the university environment.
Before arriving, students receive extensive campus and cultural information both in person and online, communicate in person with staff and academic advisors, and connect with domestic student mentors by email. During orientation, students join trained domestic student orientation leaders for integrative programming. Orientation leaders and mentors stay in touch after classes begin, and international students are regularly encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities and social events that bring together international students and their American student counterparts during their time at Purdue.
With twenty-three percent of Purdue’s 39,000 students hailing from abroad, student integration is essential to facilitate intercultural learning. P3i targets key academic and social contexts with programs designed to bring the diverse student population together to help students increase their intercultural sensitivity and awareness. Having these students involved in campus life benefits both the international students and the U.S. students and helps bring a global perspective to the campus.
“Purdue has committed – and will continue to commit – significant resources to the project of integrating our international and domestic populations so as to fully capitalize on the remarkable opportunity before us,” says Debasish Dutta, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs.