SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – A new display of more than four dozen flags of nations from around the world has added a pop of color to a corner of the three-story atrium in Lawrence Technological University’s Buell Management Building.
The atrium serves as the university’s unofficial student hangout and meeting space. It’s also the location of Lawrence Tech’s bookstore, cafeteria entrance, and an Einstein Bros. bagel shop.
And now, it’s also home to 49 flags. The flags represent the home nations of LTU’s current and former international students, as well as several faculty members.
Kalie Davio, director of international programs at LTU, said the display grew out of planning for the university’s annual International Festival, scheduled for March 28-30. She said the festival usually includes a display of flags of LTU international students, and that “we came up with the idea that there could be a more permanent representation.”
Philip Lucas, LTU student engagement programs coordinator, said the message of the flags is simple: “Our campus community is welcoming and inclusive, no matter where we each might call home. This shows that we’re all in this together, united by our desire for learning.”
For more information about Lawrence Tech programs for international students, visit https://www.ltu.edu/futurestudents/international/.