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Thunderbird has deep roots in the history of Glendale, and the city is one of the most multicultural diverse suburbs in Phoenix.

Thunderbird has deep roots in the history of Glendale, Arizona. The city has the influence of multicultural backgrounds that by at least some measure has become one of the most diverse pockets of the entire metro region. The diversity of cultures, ethnicities, backgrounds, and experiences creates valuable learning environments. 

Over the years, Glendale has grown into a thriving community rich in history, cultural diversity, and many cultural attractions. In 2013, the city of Glendale adopted an Arts & Cultural plan. This plan is a comprehensive vision of arts and culture that will be implemented over the next 5 years. Another opportunity that Thunderbird students can take advantage of.

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Regional Night celebrates the different cultures that T-birds represent, with the opportunity to experience and demonstrate the uniqueness of each region cuisine.

 

The Culture of Cuisine

Glendale is home to a wide variety of restaurants ranging from American standards to ethnic eateries featuring Asian, Polish, German, Vietnamese, and home-style Mexican flavors. For the culinary enthusiast, you can experience a world tour without ever leaving the neighborhood. The food scene is fresh, fun and there’s always something new. If you like to create your own home-cooked meals, you can find a variety of local markets with the right ingredients and spices you can use to whip up your childhood favorites if you are feeling homesick.

Immersed in campus life

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Thunderbird’s diverse student body provides international exposure to another level.

The multicultural student body at Thunderbird provides a welcoming environment that allows visitors and new students to experience different cultures and campus life to see what is like to be a T-bird. Thunderbird was originally a military aviation training base during World War II.  Its original mission was to help build better international business relations with other countries after the war. The school became a landmark for the city of Glendale when Thunderbird transitioned into the world's first-ever higher education institution focused exclusively on international business, setting the standard for global management education worldwide until this day.

Culture Celebrated on Campus

In an effort to bring the community to our campus, every year Thunderbird hosts the "Night of the Open Door", a family-friendly event that showcases everything that makes Thunderbird unique. Visitors have the opportunity to participate in interactive activities and talk to students, faculty, and staff. It's a truly global experience with activities for children of all ages include cooking demonstrations, flag making, futbol shootout, and other educational and cultural experiences. It is a day designed to share Thunderbird with the local community and for them to personally discover what makes Thunderbird so special. 

At every commencement, graduates representing each of the countries in the graduating class carry the flags of their homeland or the country of their family’s origin. 2017 marked the 40th anniversary of the Thunderbird flag tradition. The Thunderbird Parade of Flags is one of the moments that brings people together and makes us all proud to be part of such a welcome, diverse community.

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When you come to Glendale to be part of Thunderbird, not only will you find a multicultural hub, but also a family. The Thunderbird family strongly believes in bringing diverse people together for a greater understanding which creates global leaders who are equipped socially, emotionally and professionally to make a better world.