DEI & International Students: Strategies For Attracting, Retaining & Growing This Student Population
Challenge - Dealing with diversity in your international student population
International students are often initially lonely and homesick, with a sense of alienation. Their solution may be to gravitate to other students from their home country or region to the exclusion of other international and American students. Remarkably, one recent study found that 80 percent of international students studying annually in the U.S. never enter an American home during their entire time in the country. Earlier this year, many prominent U.S. universities reported that their student populations were surging as COVID-19 retreated as an impediment to international travel. Serving this surging population in significant ways beyond delivering quality education is crucial to attracting, retaining, and growing this increasingly substantial component of our student bodies.
Participants will take away an enhanced sensitivity to the particular problems posed by a highly diverse international student population. In addition, they will leave with ideas and tactics for turning this diversity challenge into a DEI plus.
International students face unique challenges when they come to America to study. Some of these challenges are basic and obvious, such as the need to improve their English comprehension and learn to navigate a new cultural milieu. Others may be less obvious and more subtle. International students often feel lonely and isolated. They may find American students’ values, such as individualism, alien to their own. They may tend to gravitate to other students from their own nation or region to the exclusion of other American and international students.
Breaking down these barriers requires a menu of programs and procedures. These can include orientation courses, year-long transition courses, leadership retreats, mentoring programs, campus social and cultural events, and field trips. In addition, international students need to be sensitized and acclimatized to diversity within their own ranks and given effective strategies for comprehending and navigating their new American home away from home.
- Understand the challenges facing international students in the U.S.
- Explore practical, pragmatic strategies and tactics for meeting international students’ sociocultural and psychological needs
- Investigate how a diverse international student body can enhance the institution’s DEI program to the benefit of both international and American students on our campuses
- Enrollment Management
- Human Resources
- Online Learning
- Student Services/Affairs
- International student services
- DEI Office
During my 23 years as Rider University’s associate provost, I helped found and staff the institution’s office of international education, which then reported to me. I also played a key role in developing a relationship with a sister university in Shanghai. While this relationship brought many wonderful Chinese students to Rider, an unanticipated downside was that this group tended to dominate the international-student organization and its cultural events. The rest of the international student population was highly diverse; it was common to have only a single student or two from any particular country or even from a whole region. These students could be ‘lost in the shuffle’ if care wasn’t taken to ensure their full inclusion in the office’s activities and in the life of the campus as a whole. Both the mental health and happiness of such students, as well as the university’s retention goals, required staff and faculty sensitivity to this challenge. Success was measured not only in terms of such students but also in what they could add to Rider’s DEI goals by becoming full-fledged members of the campus community.
Dr. Jim Castagnera holds an M.A. in Journalism from Kent State University and a J.D. and Ph.D. (American Studies) from Case Western Reserve University. He worked 10 years as a labor, employment, and intellectual-property attorney with Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr and 23 years as associate provost & legal counsel for academic affairs at Rider University, where in 2018, he received the university’s highest annual award for distinguished service. He also did stints as a full-time law professor at UT-Austin and Widener University Law School.
Having retired from Rider in 2019, he is engaged in a portfolio of activities: President of Dr. Jim’s One-Stop HR Shop, a full-service HR law and compliance company; Partner with Portum Group International LLC, a data-privacy & compliance-consulting firm; an Adjunct Professor of Law in the Kline School of Law at Drexel University, and an arbitrator for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Bio current as of January 2023
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