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Houston is the most diverse city in the US. But what’s the value of that diversity if we all just seek out people like ourselves? ICX wants to disrupt that part of our human nature through bringing people from other cultures and countries together, especially around good food!

To connect international students and first generation immigrants with members of the local community to facilitate friendship and cultural understanding.

ICX organizes traditional American and other cultural holiday parties – annual Christmas parties, Lunar New Year parties, Easter picnics and American Thanksgiving dinners. We also go on outings to sports and cultural events around town. The goal is to introduce American culture to internationals and to develop friendships along the way. 
 
ICX also connects international students with conversation partners. Relationships drive language learning. For those studying English, this cultural dimension of language-learning is a critical part of really getting the language. 
 
Even for those with good English, ICX conversation partners are a great resource for understanding American culture and figuring out how to handle ‘daily life stuff’ in the Houston area. And, there’s no grade assigned!
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We know that it can be hard to make friends when starting a new life in America. Through ICX you have the opportunity to make friends with people from the Houston area and from all over the world.
ICX is an organization of Houston community volunteers. Some ICX volunteers were born overseas. Many have worked and lived overseas. Others have never even been outside the US. However, what all ICX volunteers have in common is that they call Houston home and enjoy meeting people from other cultures.

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Brad McIver

- Executive Director -

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Brad grew up in the Houston area and went to Rice University. He met his Swedish wife Annelie while working in China, so international friends are near to his heart. Brad and Annelie have three children – Camilla, Emilia and Daniel. 



Annelie McIver

- Campus Coordinator -
Lone Star College // Cy-Fair

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Brad grew up in the Houston area and went to Rice University. He met his Swedish wife Annelie while working in China, so international friends are near to his heart. Brad and Annelie have three children – Camilla, Emilia and Daniel. 



Nancilea Foster

- Campus Coordinator -
Lone Star College // Montgomery

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Brad grew up in the Houston area and went to Rice University. He met his Swedish wife Annelie while working in China, so international friends are near to his heart. Brad and Annelie have three children – Camilla, Emilia and Daniel. 



Cynthia Comeaux

- Campus Coordinator -
Lone Star College // University Park

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Brad grew up in the Houston area and went to Rice University. He met his Swedish wife Annelie while working in China, so international friends are near to his heart. Brad and Annelie have three children – Camilla, Emilia and Daniel. 





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