1: Mental Health
The use of technology and tele-health has been the only way many students have had access to vital healthcare. While systems are still being built to handle the volumes, logistics of doctors and jurisdictions of health insurance are still being debated. How can higher education play a role in lobbying for the right innovations within policy and platform?
2: Workforce Readiness
Career development paths for international students, from graduate school to OPT, have been largely impacted by rehoming orders. How can international students continue their ability to prove work, or establish a work history, if they are not physically in the US? What concessions can institutions and the US political administration do to make this easier on the students?
The current policies and practices institutions, alongside government hold, affect international student academic success from both a mental and emotional lens. International students are surrounded by immense stress not only to live, but achieve a higher standard of academic marks than domestic peers. Should we be more considerate towards each individual case? Are administrations too unrealistic by design or by misunderstanding?
4: Social and Cultural Experiences
Racism, white nationalism, sexism, bigotry and the hard issues come at us in a very real way on campus. Not every international student understands the affects, or knows how to respond when faced in troublesome circumstances. How do we discuss these topics with International Students without broaching offence? How do administrators ensure students know their rights and know how to respond?