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How have you addressed gender, safety and racism issues when preparing students to go abroad?

4 Replies from Mentors

  • mentor picture Dawn Anderson
     
    Dawn Anderson
    Housemaster at MIT and a professional photographer
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Part of the battle is knowing it could come and preparing students for how to respond if it does...
    Part of the battle is knowing it could come and preparing students for how to respond if it does so it should be discussed in pre-departure orientation. Pairing applicants with program alumni who can share their experiences helps.
  • mentor picture Emily Le
     
    Emily Le
    Doctoral Student, previously International Programs Counselor
    UCLA
    I cover the cultural differences regarding gender roles, safety and racism in the host country. ...
    I cover the cultural differences regarding gender roles, safety and racism in the host country. However, I do stress that students should go abroad with an open mind and try to view things from the host country’s perspective. How other countries view these issues is completely different than how Americans view them. If students keep this in mind then they will be able to handle any situation.
  • mentor picture Malaika Marable Serrano
     
    Malaika Marable Serrano
    Assistant Director of Global Communities
    University of Maryland
    We address gender, safety and racism issues in general study abroad presentations and during...
    We address gender, safety and racism issues in general study abroad presentations and during orientation. You can get information for prospective study abroad students of color at: http://web.utk.edu/~globe/pao/diversity.php
  • mentor picture Christa Sanders
     
    Christa Sanders
    Associate Director NYU in Ghana
    New York University
    Through NYU’s Office of Global Education a series of pre-departure orientations are conducted...
    Through NYU’s Office of Global Education a series of pre-departure orientations are conducted before students leave the United States. These sessions thoroughly address issues related to gender, race and safety as well as other topics (academics, program activities/ cultural excursions, safety, health, housing, community service, etc.) Students are also provided with a pre-departure handbook for the site, which contains information on Ghana as well as specific sections addressing some of the aforementioned topics. Upon arrival, students at NYU in Ghana also experience a week-long, intensive orientation program where there are sessions specifically focused on security (security tips are distributed to the group by the NYU in Ghana security officer and members of the local police as well as the University’s official security company present on the local situation and how students can protect themselves against crime), cultural do’s and don’ts (within this topic- the role gender plays in the society/relationship issues as well as an open discussion on African American/Diaspora, Caucasian, Latin American and Asian perspectives/concerns on race issues in Ghana are addressed as necessary). We also have a documentary that investigates the issue of race through interviews with students of different racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds who have studied on our program in the past. This film is a useful tool for exploring the overall theme of race in Ghana.
 
 
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