This workshop is a collaboration between the Office for Equity & Diversity (OED), Global Programs and Strategy (GPS) Alliance, and Minnesota English Language Program (MELP), and is targeted toward U of M faculty and staff.

Xenophobia, fear or hatred of people from other countries, is a real barrier to international community members who come to the UofM to study, work and research. This is not a new phenomenon, but it has become more visible due to the global pandemic and has been escalated by incendiary rhetoric.  Further, while many international students come to the U.S. with a sense of, and language for, their own identities in the context of their home nations,  these are more often than not experienced differently in the US racialized context. Most international students undergo challenges as a US centric label and identity are imposed upon them by the institution, policies or individuals, often attaching an experience of minoritization not previously experienced. In this session, we will raise awareness of these issues and discuss how we can support the international community and understand our complicit role and active anti racist actions we can take.  Our aim is to foster a more  inclusive and just campus where everyone – including international community members – can contribute at their highest and best.

Access and Accommodations

The OED Education Program is committed to fostering accessibility within and across our learning environments. Rather than a logistical “to-do” list, we understand meaningful access as an on-going community practice and an essential part of educational equity.  

Please review our up-to-date accessibility practices prior to our Zoom meeting and email us at oeded@umn.edu to request accommodations and/or discuss additional access measures. 


If you have any additional questions or concerns, please email oeded@umn.edu.

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