What makes you YOU? The Cultural Crossroads community can help you discover your passions and common interests while learning more about the world around you.

Expand your sights, open your mind, and discover everyday existence as a global citizen through the exploration of culture, language, and lifestyle—an inclusive community where the whole person is valued. Students will deepen their capacity for learning and understanding shared values, social practices, and expressions.



This is a place where student voices come to life!  Here students have the opportunity to engage with live-in staff and faculty—academically, socially, and personally. Through student-designed programs or “houses,” students live together with other members of that same house. Engaging in a diverse array of programming enables them to explore connections among the typical ways of life of an individual, group, or culture on a regional, national, and international scale.



Here students design their own adventure and dive deeper into their passions and skill development around culture, language, and lifestyle. Through special guest lectures, language tutors, seminars, workshops, social gatherings, and access to both on- and off-campus performances, exhibits, and speakers, students carve their own path of exploration.


Just a few of the great programs you can find here:

  • Lane Series and Flynn Theatre Performances
  • Study Abroad: A Student’s Perspective Workshops
  • Empty Bowls Dinner
  • Tutoring by Student Leaders
  • Rhythm and Brews Coffeehouse
  • LGBTQA Queer Prom
  • Multi-Cultural Fashion Show
  • Tool and Skill-Building Workshops (Led by students and staff, they help students build leadership and professional interests.)



For a deeper dive, we invite returning students (sophomores, juniors, and seniors) placed in Cultural Crossroads to explore these options.


Locations for 2018-2019:  Austin; Living/Learning A, B, C, E; Marsh, Tupper

Please check your housing contract for more specific location information.


Kimberly SpringerKimberly Springer
Area Coordinator
Erin Baker
Program Director

Emily ManettaEmily Manetta
Faculty Co-Director

Kyle IkedaKyle Ikeda
Faculty Co-Director

What excites us about Cultural Crossroads? Our students! Their drive, commitment and vision form the lifeblood of our community. This is the beauty of student-designed programs–they work because the students who build them from the ground up are invested, passionate, and eager to share and EXPAND their vision by working side-by-side with other students, faculty, staff, and community partners. The opportunity to witness and support their creative processes on such a scale (i.e. the Living/Learning model) is awe-inspiring!

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