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mentor picture Patrick Frazier
 
Patrick Frazier
Director of International Education
Quinnipiac University
I am the Director of International Education at Quinnipiac University. I have a Bachelors Degree from Georgetown University and a Masters Degree from The American University in Cairo. I grew up in Rochester, NY, where my parents... I am the Director of International Education at Quinnipiac University. I have a Bachelors Degree from Georgetown University and a Masters Degree from The American University in Cairo. I grew up in Rochester, NY, where my parents exposed me to different cultures. Beginning at an early age my family would travel to Toronto, Canada where I walked Young Street, listening to the different languages being spoken by people in different clothes. At age 17, I was honored to represent my high school in Amsterdam and Belgium at two conferences being sponsored by NATO. Thank you Mr. Graves my social studies teacher who nominated me and set me on my path outside the continental US! I was hooked from that point on…next step was Georgetown University and I have been thinking globally ever since.

Responses

  1. I would say that Study Abroad Advisors and Educational Counselors in general should recognize that students of color have just as much interest in education abroad as majority students. The difference is that the range of difficulties are not similar to the majority group. Many of these differences are not addressed, for example: home responsibilities, fear of prejudice abroad, access to foreign language training at an early age, loss of peer group, (often only minority in group and no peer group in city who relates to that person i.e. Asian American in Mexico who cannot find someone to relate to Lunar New Year).
    2 answers – For African Americans – For Asian/ Pacific Americans – For Hispanic/ Latin@ – For Native Americans
  2. Study Abroad allows students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to not only represent a strong and vibrant part of the United States but also to gain an understanding that they can best describe to people of their own background. The media image of African Americans in particular has been twisted since the pre-Hollywood era. The more real life experience those from outside the United States have with African Americans the better the perception of this ethnic group.
    16 answers – For African Americans – For Asian/ Pacific Americans – For Hispanic/ Latin@ – Personal – For Native Americans
  3. I think minority students that choose to be dramatically different have made the adjustment to having to go it alone on special concerns such as minority personal products and grooming options. What those students are most concerned with is how they will be perceived abroad. For example, going to a large white school, a student is prepared to deal with any bias that might occur having lived in the United States but they do not know what will happen in a situation like China or Scandinavia where they might find no people like them or be the first person that the home country sees of that kind. That's where you get into the hair touching and the skin swipes. What would help is a network of minority students that have gone to that country, a liaison with someone there of their ethnicity (state department or consular section might be able to help). What the administrator can do is find out what concerns the student has and find someone who is in country that could answer those questions. A question box or a office hour to address concerns privately would be helpful also. Sorry, I went off on a tangent. Okay there are the usual concerns of leaving the family and money issues. The other piece is the same as for other students...missing friends and events on campus. But, what is different for these students is they have a smaller group of friends and they tend to be a tighter knit group since they are so few in number. Another issue may be proving that it will be beneficial to their education, particularly to parents and relatives who might think that they are not taken the chance at university seriously, after the sacrifice that has been made for them (especially if they are the first to attend university).
    9 answers – For African Americans – For Asian/ Pacific Americans – For Hispanic/ Latin@ – For Native Americans
  4. BSA on campus, Office of Multicultural Affairs/Minority Affairs would love to have them speak to a group I am sure. Sponsor a popular existing event on campus (Fashion Show, BSA Awards, Gospel Choir, Asian New Year) with time to plug Study Abroad and tell how it is affordable and has scholarships.
    5 answers – For African Americans – For Asian/ Pacific Americans – For Hispanic/ Latin@ – For Native Americans
  5. Look early for funds, speak with congregations, look at the funding as a monthly payment rather than lump sum. GILMAN!!! FREEMAN!!! (scholarships) Choose a location that you can find funding for (i.e..not Australia or the UK...)
    6 answers – Budgeting
  6. Estudiar fuera del país les da a los estudiantes de orígenes diversos la oportunidad de no solamente representar una gran parte de los Estados Unidos sino también les brinda la oportunidad de compartir un entendimiento que pueda comunicarse a la gente de su propio grupo. La imagen de los afroamericanos especialmente ha sido equivocada desde antes de la era de Hollywood. En cuanto más contacto tiene la gente de otros paises con afroamericanos, entenderán mejor a este grupo étnico.
    4 respuestas – Consejos Utiles
  7. Toma el tiempo necesario para encontrar fondos, habla con congregaciones, y trata de ver el financiamiento con un pago mensual en vez de un solo pago. GILMAN!!! FREEMAN!!! Elige un país que puede ayudarte a encontrar fondos. Por ejemplo – no escojas a Australia o el UK porque becas/fondos para ir a éstos dos paises, no hay.
    1 respuestas – Preocupaciones: antes de salir
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