Mix It Up at Lunch Day is an international campaign that encourages students to identify, question and cross social boundaries. Schools can host a Mix It Up event on any day of the year!
Students consistently identify the cafeteria as a place in their school where divisions are clearly—and harshly—drawn. So we ask students to move out of their comfort zones and connect with someone new over lunch. It’s a simple act with profound implications that we encourage educators to include in year-round efforts to promote healthy, welcoming school environments. Studies have shown that interactions across group lines can help reduce prejudice. When students interact with those who are different from them, biases and misperceptions can fall away.
While pulling off a successful Mix It Up event takes a good deal of coordination, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel! We’ve pulled together the best practices, approaches and planning details so you don’t have to.