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Finding My Place // International Students & Race Relations in the United States

November 19, 2020 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

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The seminar will be moderated by Molly Boudreaux, the Student Government Association’s assistant vice president of feedback and assessment, and will feature a lively discussion between domestic and international student leaders as they share their perspectives on the challenges that race and ethnic relations in the United States can bring and compare those challenges with situations in their home countries.

“The Window to Your World seminar series is important to internationalizing Auburn’s campus and educating the community on the historical context and current climate of different cultures around the globe,” said Adeola Fayemi, manager of the International Cultural Center. “The seminar is intended to help people break down stereotypes, build connections across cultures and cultivate productive discussions that lead to informed awareness and understanding.”

International students are typically discussed in the context of adding diversity to the U.S. higher education landscape. However, there are rarely substantive dialogues on how other facets of international students’ identities, including race and the dynamics of intersectionality, shape their perspectives and experiences as they navigate university campuses and American society. This seminar will increase understanding of how international students cope and achieve academic success through an American prism of race and ethnicity that may differ from their own understanding.


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