University of Iowa

Tagged with "diversity ambassador"

12/21/2011

Brigid Freymuller Reflects on Race and Ethnicity: Classical Language and an appreciation of diversity

I did not see another Asian child at school until junior high, thus making diversity a very difficult and painful concept for me to grasp; however, I came to realize that everyone is different in their own special way, and although other kids made fun of me for my physical differences up until high school, I took these experiences, and they helped shape my much broader view of humanity and our role in the international arena.
12/21/2011

Student Reflections on First-Generation Abroad: Setting an example

Not only can an opportunity such as this help students learn more in their relative field(s) of study, but at the same time this experience can help students to understand other cultures and lfiestyles around the world, which in my opinion is something you cannot be taught. Being the first generation in my family to attend a University, and now to have studied outside the U.S., I feel like I have set an example for my family and friends to hopefully follow in the future.
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12/21/2011

Student Reflections on Non-Traditional Students: Maternal and child health

Studying abroad during my undergrad years just was not feasible. As a graduate student, I found out about the India Winterim program and immediately grasped the opportunity to travel and do fieldwork in global health and epidemiology. I initially assumed that this would be something that I would participate in for leisure and did not think that this course would be applicable for graduate credit. I was really glad to hear that the program would count as one of my MS electives and am tremendously grateful for having had the opportunity to partake in the program.
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12/21/2011

Student Reflections on First-Generation Abroad: Unforgettable opportunities

Being a first-generation student, my family was pretty new to the whole college experience and the great opportunities of studying abroad. My father had always said, “Well can’t you learn French here?” while my mother tried to hide the emotions of not seeing her son for three whole months. After explaining to my parents the great opportunities and experiences that I would gather during my time in Europe, they were fully supportive. (Oh yeah, and some basic training on how to use Skype).
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12/21/2011

Student Reflections on First-Generation Abroad: Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima

Going to the different peace museums in Hiroshima and Nagasaki was one of the most interesting things I have ever been able to do. To see and hear the stories about what took place at Pearl Harbor and the atomic bomb was a great experience. Most people, especially minorities don’t think that trips like this are in their reach. Money is always an issue so they just give up on the idea. They just need to be told and motivated that there are ways to make things happen.
12/21/2011

Student Reflections on Disabilities: Visual Impairment

At the beginning I was very frustrated, I wish I would have been more prepared to answer questions. It was not easy explaining my impairments in another language. Also, I was not prepared for the doubt I would have to face from other people. I could see the worry in their eyes when I brought my bike home for the first time. The teachers would ask me everyday if the print in the book was too small. Looking back at it now, it was a tough first few weeks. I really had to give it my all in order to make people believe that I was fully capable of doing everything that a sighted person can do.
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12/20/2011

Staff Reflections on Race and Ethnicity Abroad: The majority has changed

Weeks into my first excursion to China, I distinctly remember standing on a nondescript street corner in a major city, looking around at the press of humanity crowding around me and thinking, “I’m still a minority. Only the majority has changed.” A small realization, yes, but it really did change my current world view in a heartbeat. It really was one of those eureka moments where a chaotic situation suddenly crystallized in my mind. My entire identity had shifted, and I’d barely noticed until it hit me like a sledgehammer.
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12/20/2011

Student Reflections on Race and Ethnicity: Encouragement to students of color

As an African American woman, meeting members of the African Diaspora in Greece was eye-opening. Many of the West African immigrants I met were first-generation transplants or seasonal workers, and as such their position within the larger Greek cultural fabric was a tenuous one. In a society where large-scale immigration is a newer phenomenon than it is in the United States, it was interesting to hear these immigrants' various opinions about life as a person of color in a European country.
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12/20/2011

Student Reflection on Sexual Orientation: Being yourself abroad

I learned a lot about interactions between one person and another, regardless of their background. I had drifted into a stagnant mindset that other people would think of me in a set way, and I was unsure of how to approach them. I let my own biases influence my character. I realized that individuals react and interact with other individuals. Sexual orientation, nationality, or gender don't play a role in that interaction. I was pleasantly surprised to find this out on an international study abroad program.
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