Discover the world Ö at USCís Maxcy
By Megan Sexton, firstname.lastname@example.org, 803-777-1421
During trips to Central America to conduct research, USC political science professor Lee Walker was struck by the warm welcome he received as an American visitor in a foreign land. Now he’s ready to pay it forward – to international students who come to South Carolina to study.
Walker has been named the faculty principal for the new Carolina International House, a living-learning community that will start this fall in the University of South Carolina’s Maxcy College residence hall. The house will bring together about 180 American and international students who will share ideas, cultures and cuisines.
“The value to both sets is immeasurable. For Americans, it’s a chance to feel at home and learn from students from different cultures. It’s an immersion experience without leaving the country,” Walker said. “For the international students, it’s a chance to learn American culture from American students who have an interest in internationals. It’s a chance to help international students feel at home here and become comfortable in South Carolina.”
For USC, it’s a chance to pull together students and faculty members interested in international issues, offering a natural bridge with areas such as the Walker Institute, International Student Programs and Study Abroad.
“Maxcy offers Carolina students a place to celebrate many cultures, to explore global opportunities for learning, and to make friends with a multiplicity of interests and experiences,” said Helen Doerpinghaus, vice provost and dean of undergraduate students. “Dr. Walker’s background makes him an ideal choice for principal. He has the research and teaching experience as well as the zest for new ideas that make him a wonderful mentor and friend to students.”
Walker’s enthusiasm for his new role is obvious, as he ticks off ideas, plans and dreams for the Carolina International House. Those include: a corps of resident scholars who will serve on the house’s board and help organize events; monthly dinners offering the chance for conversations with international speakers; a film series to highlight cultures and nationalities; a Study Abroad experience; and organized activities to join faculty and students interested in international issues and research.