Minoritization of International Students

Friday, October 29, 2021 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Description: Many international students often come to the U.S. with a limited sense of their own racial identity and undergo some challenges as a new “minoritized” identity is imposed upon them. In this session, we will discuss this issue and how we can support international students as they navigate new identities. We will also consider how the institution can support students and more specifically how we can create more inclusive learning environments to reduce the harm caused by discrimination and prejudice.


  • Alyssa Bonnac, Center for Educational Innovation
  • LeeAnne Godfrey, Minnesota English Language Program
  • Ann Smith, International Student Academic Integration (ISAI), Global Programs and Strategy Alliance

Post-session Resources: This session will not be recorded. Slides and resources will be sent to all registrants within two business days following the session.

Accessibility & Accommodation Requests: We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to engage fully. For inquiries about accessibility or if you'd like to request an accommodation, please email cei@umn.edu at least one week prior to the event. We will do our best to accommodate any access requests received after that time.

Conversations on Centering International Students: Supporting Multilingual & Intercultural Learning

Other sessions in the series:

This session is part of the series, "Conversations on Centering International Students: Supporting Multilingual & Intercultural Learning." This series centers supporting multilingual and international students in learning spaces in efforts to create a socially just campus with more equitable learning opportunities. Through monthly conversations, we aim to realize the full potential of our globally diverse classrooms by emphasizing the importance of self-reflection among all classroom members, and examination of individual and systemic biases. These conversations involve all students because each and every student (international and domestic) contributes to the diversity in the classroom. We will explore the context of supporting multilingual and international students and in each session you’ll leave with actionable steps to immediately implement in your teaching (no course overhaul needed). 


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