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INTERNATIONAL STUDENT AFFAIRS

to life in the United States can make a
difference," she says. "And it's important to
pronounce their names correctly!"
The International Students and Programs
Office at UCSD also works with a language
professor to conduct regular workshops for
staff on how to pronounce Chinese names.
"Some of our advisers have reported that
students tell them that they are the first
adviser that has actually pronounced their
names correctly." She adds, "Establishing rapport and trust is a very effective way to help
students feel secure and comfortable on our
campus. Hopefully, this will encourage them
to return to that same person when they are
seeking guidance in a difficult situation."

Including Emotional and
Mental Health
in Campus Services
According to Emmanuel at UC Berkeley, a
close collaborative effort between clinical counselors and international student

advisers is a key ingredient in working
effectively with international students. "The
student advisers can serve as cultural informants to the counselors, and together they
can engage in outreach programs to help
students and campus staff in addressing the
mental health needs of students," he says.
UC Berkeley developed a workshop
to increase the sensitivity of academic
advising staff who might need to have
difficult conversations about academic
progress with students. "It has turned out
to be a very popular workshop that has
been offered many times over," Emmanuel
says. He adds that placing clinical counselors in residence halls has also helped
to remove the stigma for students who
may avoid going to a counseling center for
fear of being seen as having a "mental"
problem. "This is a big reason why international students may avoid counseling
centers and/or a Western style approach
to getting help," he says. 

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At UCSD, a collaborative partnership
with Counseling & Psychological Services
allows a counseling psychologist with
expertise in international students to
work in the international student office.
Regular health and wellness workshops
"help destigmatize the use of mental health
services," says Dorado.

Assuring International
Students That They
Are Welcome
In addition to the usual challenges for international students, recent changes in the
political climate in the United States have
introduced other concerns. "The travel
bans issued last year targeting certain designated countries have had a negative effect
on our international students," Dorado says.
"Many of them, especially those from the
impacted countries, were very concerned
about being able to travel and reenter the
United States, complete their programs
of study, and pursue employment after
graduation. They also worried about travel
for their family members, and about being
harassed by government agents."
In response to the travel bans, UCSD
immediately sent out messages of support
to all affected students, hosted community
forums and information workshops with
immigration attorneys, met with students
to alleviate their concerns, developed
wallet-sized emergency cards with key
phone numbers and websites, and reached
out by phone or email to affected students.
"Although these efforts did not change the
presidential proclamations, it reassured our
students that they were welcome, supported, and appreciated on our campus,"
says Dorado.
"How our international students are
treated while they are in the United States
can shape their opinion and impression of
our country and our people. It is imperative that we continue to erode mistrust
and misunderstanding, and promote good
will to further world peace and mutual
understanding." n
JANET HULSTRAND is a freelance writer.


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From the Desk of
In Brief
Global Spotlight: China
Quick Questions
Feature: Global Citizenship 2.0: Supporting a New Breed of Stewards to Confront a Changing Reality
Feature: Lifelong Learning: Higher Education for a World of Speed and Scale
Feature: Internationalization Best Practices: Lessons Learned
Education Abroad
International Student Affairs
International Enrollment
International Education Leadership
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