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Third Culture Kids

Third Culture Kids at Liberty

"A Third Culture Kid (TCK) is a person who has spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside the parents' culture. The TCK frequently builds relationships to all of the cultures, while not having full ownership in any. Although elements from each culture may be assimilated into the TCK's life experience, the sense of belonging is in relationship to others of similar background."
- David C. Pollock and Ruth E. Van Reken

The Center for Global Engagement seeks to be a resource to the wide spectrum of Third Culture Kids (TCKs) in the university's student body. If you are currently a TCK studying at Liberty, a TCK considering enrolling, or just a friend of TCKs, we would love to hear from you and help answer any questions you might have about life as a TCK on our campus. Whether you are a business kid, a military kid, a missionary kid (MK), or another type of TCK, we'd love to meet you and be a part of your time at Liberty.

We'd love to let you know about upcoming TCK events and other TCK connections at Liberty. Email us to get on our mailing list.

Recent Events:

  • Transition & Culture Shock Roundtable | Wednesday, Oct. 14, 3:30-5:30 p.m. | Green Hall 2534
    Transitions can be difficult and even the fun and easy ones hold hidden struggles. Are you overwhelmed? Angry? Do you have less energy? Are you having extreme mood swings? Do you feel isolated or misunderstood? Come discuss the common phases of transition and learn to recognize the symptoms of culture shock. Sit with others who are walking through the same thing and gain some insights into healthy ways to deal with it. 
  • Speed Storying | Tuesday, Oct. 20, 8-10 p.m. | DeMoss 4047
    Come to a joint event between The Center for Global Engagement and Global Studies and have a chance to respond to topics being thrown out at you by telling your stories to one another. Do you have a funny story about an airport? Come on. Do you have a fun story about a language faux pas? We want to hear it. Come. Eat. Tell stories. Listen. 
  • Never Have I Ever Game Night | Friday, Nov. 6, 7-9 p.m. | DeMoss 4075
    Come play our own version of Never Have I Ever. Instead of just saying things we’ve never done, let’s also say the things we have done. “I have seen a volcano blow up.” Then watch as everyone else who has also experienced that gets up and makes a mad dash for an open seat. There will be food. There will be board games. But most of all, there will be Never Have I Ever and each other. 
  • How the Gospel Responds to the TCK Reality | Thursday, Nov. 12, 3:30-5:30 p.m. | Green Hall 2534
    We know that the Bible is where all answers are found, but how does it specifically answer the questions and struggles that come from living such a transient life? Come hear how the Gospel specifically speaks to the third culture kid identity.
  • TCK Christmas Study Break | Monday, Dec. 14, 12:30-4:30 p.m. | Jerry Falwell Library, Terrace Conference
    Come grab some hot chocolate from our hot chocolate bar then take a break from studying or find a quiet place to study. We’ve set aside two rooms, one full of board games and the other one ready for some quiet studying.

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