Multicultural Hour at the University of Missouri is a weekly, informal roundtable discussion where international students and visiting scholars are invited to interact with American friends in a casual atmosphere. The group meets at 4 p.m. Thursdays in Memorial Union to discuss cultural differences to understand diversity, to make friends from all over the world and to socialize with members of the university community.
No, all events are completely free! Snacks, coffee and tea are provided.
Everybody. International and domestic students, faculty, staff, family members and the general public are all welcome.
No, just come when you can. Stop by, get some refreshments and leave when you need to.
You will make friends through Multicultural Hour events. The goal is to create a relaxing and casual atmosphere for you to learn about other countries and cultures. You can also practice your English skills, or just listen and enjoy the many voices of Mizzou.
Throughout the year, we recognize and discuss cultural differences, traditional festivals, interesting stories and social customs from around the world.
“I have a great time attending this event every year! Each year more and more people attend, and each year we need more and more pumpkins. The pumpkin-carving event is one of the most popular events. The idea is to give international people in the community an experience that most Americans have growing up, a chance to carve/decorate a pumpkin. Everyone really loves digging in and getting their hands dirty, and it’s great to see all the different designs and ideas that people come up with. This is also a great team-building event, as everyone has a partner or two helping carve the pumpkin. We have people from all over the world attend these events, and this year we had a group of professors from China (Chongqing University) visiting who got to partake in the festivities.” –Joey Clemons
“I have been attending the Multicultural Hour for one semester, which left me a deep impression. It is a really awesome activity, helping me have a better understanding on divergent culture, meeting new friends and practicing my English. Therefore, this activity has become one of what I am expecting for every week. I strongly recommend that all of you can join us to have the unforgettable time in the coming semester.” –Yijie Sun, China
“It’s an amazing one hour that enables you to see the world through different lenses. We ask questions and share our experiences. I had a great time learning bits of various customs, which sometimes were surprisingly similar to what I have in my own country! Listening to real people talking about their customs is definitely a different experience than reading about it. And I also had a chance to make friends with people from different nations!” –Wit Ri, Indonesia
“As an open-minded, cosmopolitan person interested in learning other cultures from across the globe, I wanted a place to meet diverse people. Multicultural Hour is that one-stop platform that gave me this opportunity, allowing me to take a few moments off my tight semester schedule to meet and interact with people from different backgrounds.” –Iddisah Sulemana, Ghana