University of Iowa

Tagged with "diversity ambassador"

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: 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

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.
12/20/2011

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 First-Generation Abroad: Emigration to studying abroad

With two parents who emigrated to the U.S. in the late '70s, they have been unsure and hesitant about certain aspects of the college experience. When I brought up the idea of spending two weeks in London with a bunch of people I didn't know, they bombarded me with questions. Luckily for me, the entire process has been extremely easy. There are dozens of people within the Study Abroad office who helped out with general questions as well as anything we wanted to know about financial aid. Before I knew it, I was on the plane across the Atlantic Ocean..
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12/20/2011

Student Reflections on First-Generation Abroad: Turn the pages of your own book

I have heard time and time again that studying abroad will help you grow as a person, but I had no idea how true that statement would be. While abroad I was challenged to adapt my behavior to different cultures. I learned simple language things such as "rubbish" being "garbage" in London to more challenging things as to how to order food in Dutch or how to navigate the Metra in Rome.
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12/20/2011

Student Reflections on Race and Ethnicity: Asian-American pride

I have learned a great deal about myself from these two experiences. Not only am I from Nepal but I am also from America. Being in Japan has made me embrace my Nepalese culture more but I also appreciate being from America. My identity as an Asian American remains and I have learned not to be scared of who I am. I have values and ideas that are rooted in both cultures. I am not going to lie and say that sometimes I didn’t get confused, I did and I still do but these things are bound to happen. I just know that I am proud to be me, no matter what color I am, no matter my sexuality or gender, I am lucky enough to have lived in two places and I am not ashamed of my identity.
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12/20/2011

Student Reflections on Race and Ethnicity: Global health issues

My name is Kolie Eko, and I am a third year Microbiology major and undergraduate research assistant in the Bradley Jones Laboratory at The University of Iowa. I was born in Nairobi, Kenya. My family is a multicultural family; my father is from Cameroon, Africa, and my mother is from Calcutta, India. My extended family communicates in English, French, and several Asian and African languages. As far back as I can remember, there were signs of poverty, disease, hunger, and poor healthcare facilities in Cameroon where my father is from, in Kenya, where we lived, and in India, where my mother is from. That reality did not personally affect my brother and I. My parents were able to provide a comfortable life for our family. However, I could not understand the huge gap between the very rich and the very poor in India and Africa. I wished I could do something to help the many school age boys and girls who never went to school but lived and sometimes died on the streets in Nairobi.
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12/20/2011

Student Reflections on Race and Ethnicity:Seeking 'las ganas'

My name is Guadalupe Trinidad, but everyone calls me Lupe. I don’t know how much one can tell from a name, but mine yells out ethnicity. I come from a place in Texas called Laredo, a border town to Mexico. My family is Mexican and those were the traditions I was raised with. We are a very close-knit family. To be more precise, all my relatives are in Laredo or within a 150 mile radius. So, when I broke the news that I wanted to attend the University of Iowa, well, the reactions weren’t all that enthusiastic.