Just over 1 million international students contribute more than $30 billion a year to the US economy, but many no longer feel welcome or safe in the US. Because of the political climate here, interest in coming to the US decreased for one-third of 2,104 prospective international students surveyed in February 2017. Students from Muslim-majority countries have been affected by the travel ban, and can’t go home to see their families if they want to come back and continue their studies in the US. Other students report parents fearing discrimination against their children since Trump’s election, as well as fearing gun violence after seeing recent media coverage. From hotlines and cultural events to banners on their lightpoles featuring photos of international students, American colleges are now doubling down on their efforts to allay worries.
Landry Bado has a new bachelor’s degree in architecture from Temple University in Philadelphia, and he hopes to design museums, community centers — places that bring people together.
A citizen of Burkina Faso in West Africa, he’s also vocal about the benefits of coming together across borders for higher education.See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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