A Third Culture Kid (TCK) is a person who has spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside the parents’ culture. Such persons might come from
- Missionary families
- Corporate families
- Overseas assignment, military families
The TCK builds relationships to all of the cultures, while not having full ownership in any. Although elements from each culture are assimilated into the TCK’s life experience, the sense of belonging is in relationship to others of similar background.
With the increasing globalization of the workforce, the population of TCK’s on the campus of Oklahoma Christian is steadily growing. TCKs are great resources on the university campus and can be mobilized as ambassadors of diversity. Third Culture Kids have a unique ability to understand and work with the world’s rapidly growing population of migrants and refugees. In helping TCK’s navigate the cross-cultural adjustment phase during school years, we empower them to use their unique perspective and experience to benefit the campus community and beyond.
Oklahoma Christian is especially qualified to undertake this effort because:
- There is a strong and growing TCK group on campus.
- Oklahoma Christian has a rich heritage of serving missionary families.
- Oklahoma Christian has implemented a diversity initiative designed to create an atmosphere which welcomes every culture and ethnicity to become part of the campus community.
The Oklahoma Christian TCK group meets regularly for food, fellowship and to share cross cultural tools to help the newer TCKs with settling into life in the US and on the campus at OC.
Oklahoma Christian has also joined with InterMission- a group of former missionaries, to host Global Reunion. Global Reunion is an annual camp for missionary families. For more information please visit the Global Reunion page.