“It’s not sufficient to simply bring people together, even in the same classroom, [to say], ‘Oh we have a very intercultural classroom, they’re all there, so magic will happen,’” Deardorff said. "Same with sending people abroad and magic will happen. Things don’t just happen, unfortunately. We have to be very, very intentional. There have been studies coming out of Harvard [from Robert D. Putnam] that show that simply being in the vicinity of those who are different can lead to greater distrust and more suspicion, so we need to be very intentional about how we create that environment for integration."
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