What is Mix It Up at Lunch Day?

Just what is Mix It Up at Lunch Day?

A national campaign launched by Teaching Tolerance over a decade ago, Mix It Up at Lunch Day encourages students to identify, question and cross social boundaries.

In our surveys, students have identified the cafeteria as the place where divisions are most clearly drawn. So on one day – October 28 this school year – we ask students to move out of their comfort zones and connect with someone new over lunch. It’s a simple act with profound implications. Studies have shown that interactions across group lines can help reduce prejudice. When students interact with those who are different from them, biases and misperceptions can fall away.


Mix It Up offers an array of free online resources designed to help school groups and classroom teachers explore the issue of social boundaries. These activities can be used as ice-breakers during the planning process, to get the group geared up for the event; or they can be used as classroom activities by teacher allies seeking to support the Mix It Up effort.

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Mix it Up Blogs

Heading Off the Storm of Hate, Together

Our colleagues at Not In Our Town weigh in on strategies for confronting bias, intolerance and bullying.

TT Recognizes 77 Mix It Up Model Schools!

Flash mobs, super heroes and sticky note wars: Those are some of the fun activities planned by a few of the 77 Mix It Up Model Schools that Teaching Tolerance named today. Model Schools went above and beyond the annual Mix It Up at Lunch Day to promote inclusion, empathy and acceptance in their school communities throughout the 2013-2014 academic year.

Mixing It Up at Any Age

The Montpelier Senior Activity Center expands Mix It Up to include lifelong learners.

Life Is About Mixing It Up

Mix It Up participants say the day’s lessons will last for years to come.

Today Is Mix It Up at Lunch Day!

Today is Mix It Up at Lunch Day, and K-12 schools, community organizations and even universities across the nation are mixing it up in unique and inspiring ways.