International Students Elevate Higher Education

As an international scholar and a woman of color who worked in a higher education context and in a predominantly White university for eight years, I had my share of experiences with racial microaggressions. Microaggressions in this sense are comments that are based on stereotyping and clichés about my country of origin, my religion, and an ignorance that could be linked to White superiority and lack of desire to learn about other cultural and international groups. Such slurs can be exemplified in the following quotes: “Where did you park your camel?” or “How come you’re not wearing the ninja suit, aren’t you a Muslim?” or, “You’re from Morocco? You’re so exotic, and I love Couscous”. These slurs are subtle, however, they affect the individual’s psychological being, as they can be internalized as a part of one’s racial, religious, and ethnic identities. In other words, I became so used to hearing these types of comments from the White majority that coping with them has become a part of my survival identity as a North African Muslim woman.

My personal experiences highlight some of the issues international students endure when they study abroad. Therefore, in order to commit to social justice in higher education, we need to understand how to support our international students.

During the recent federal regulations that restricted international students from staying in the United States if they are taking online classes, many international students were put in a very vulnerable position where they lost control over their narratives. Even though restrictions on online-only instruction for international students were dropped by the federal government shortly thereafter, higher education in the United States has failed AGAIN in its commitment to strengthen cross-cultural ties. International students contribute greatly to the U.S economy. Yet, instead of supporting their education, they can often be dehumanized and treated only as a money-making machine. While leaving their countries behind to go further their education in the United States, many international students have to engage in speaking English, perhaps not their first language, on a daily basis. In addition to that, they have to develop survival modes to deal with the microaggressions, as they can be perceived as aliens. The others. As a former international student, I always felt isolated from the university

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Loyola University New Orleans and Ochsner Health to Start Undergraduate Nursing Program

Loyola University New Orleans and Ochsner Health are looking to start a four-year pre-licensure undergraduate nursing program starting fall 2021, according to university officials.

The program will lead to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Graduates can take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for registered nurses (RNs).

The program is currently pending approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). It has been approved by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing.

“Ochsner Health is proud to expand our longstanding relationship with Loyola University New Orleans to develop a new nursing program that will train and mentor the next generation of nursing professionals,” said Ochsner Health President and CEO Warner Thomas said. “The growing national nursing shortage and COVID-19 have demonstrated the significant need for more high-quality healthcare education programs.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “an average of 175,900 openings for registered nurses are projected each year over the decade, largely in part to retiring nurses. This projected shortage is more acute in the South,” according to the press release.

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University of Michigan Close to Implementing Recommendations from Former Provost Sexual Misconduct Report

The University of Michigan is close to hiring an external law firm to help the school implement recommendations from a report about sexual misconduct allegations against its former Provost Dr. Martin Philbert, MLive.com reported.

Martin Philbert 

A report by D.C. law firm WilmerHale described years of Philbert’s alleged sexual misconduct with students and employees.

Philbert was removed from his post in January.

During an Oct. 22 Board of Regents meeting, chairwoman Denise Illitch said that the board had found “multiple qualified firms and hopes to select one in the coming weeks,” MLive.com reported.

The firm is also investigating sexual abuse allegations against the late UM athletic doctor Robert Anderson.

Read more: https://diverseeducation.com/article/194346/

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