Book Launch and Conversation: America Calling: A Foreign Student in a Country of Possibility - Shared screen with gallery view
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Link to the speaker's bios: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Kxi3_yVkbx5svQ2yLq35aajGGY6yr7I3/view
Book: https://www.rajikabhandari.com/america-calling-the-bookAmazon: https://bit.ly/AmericaCallingBookshop (to buy from independent bookstores): https://bit.ly/2X39yls
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You can put your questions for Rajika and others in the Q&A and we will look to address them in the discussion and Q&A
For more information about international students in the U.S., please feel free to reference Dr. Bhandari's post "Did You Know: Five Facts About International Students in the U.S" on the Higher Ed Immigration Portal: https://www.higheredimmigrationportal.org/policy/did-you-know-5-realities-international-students/
A friendly reminder: You can find "America Calling" in the following places -Website: https://www.rajikabhandari.com/america-calling-the-bookAmazon: https://bit.ly/AmericaCallingIndependent Bookstores: https://bit.ly/2X39yls
Hello all. Please feel free to put your questions for Rajika and others in the Q&A and we will look to address them in the discussion and Q&A period.
Thank you, President Gonzalez! I feel quite emotional listening to your observations and how the book resonated with you
I would like to thank Rajika for sharing her experiences... Like President Gonzalez said, it voices so much of our shared experiences too.
Yes, Fanta! It is exactly those intersections
"It's not good or bad. It's different." (So well articulated. Thank you, Fanta!)
Thank you Rajika and all panelists. This is such an interesting discussion! Although I didn't come as an international student but as an immigrant, the experiences you share resonate with me as well. It is also interesting that because I am from Germany, people assume that the US feels just like "home".
Fanta’s comments were so on target! thank you all for your insights and experience.
It was a wonderful experience sharing by you Rajika and President Gonzalez. Loved the statement by Fanta of identity. American students also need to learn about life in other parts of the world. That's when globalisation in education truly becomes possible.
Always a pleasure to hear Fanta to speak from the heart!
The experiences shared by you all resonate with mine even when I never went to US as a student but more as faculty. I noticed the same wonder and question in the eyes of my students in NY and Calgary, Canada that how come Indian professor teach management?
Congratulations on the book, Rajika. And many thanks to all of you for this wonderful conversation.
Agreed - a great conversation and many congratulations to Rajika.
Congratulations on the launch of this deeply personal and very important book, Rajika. As I listen, I am reminded of the importance of what is being addressed here for a broader audience.
Looking forward to reading your book, Rajika. Thank you for sharing your story.
Yes, Rajika, you should be very proud. Placing yourself in a vulnerable position by telling your story in such an honest narrative should be a validation of your instinct that your story was important and needed to be read.
Such a rich conversation, with each of the panelists adding great added perspectives to Rajika's amazing book! Thanks to each of you, and especially to Rajika for writing this deeply personal and yet deeply universal memoir.
Wow— thank you to everyone! You are all fantastic. I agree with Lisa about the great importance about getting this out to the broader audience, especially now. Rajika, I can’t wait to read your book, as well as the work of others on the panel. I particularly appreciate the highlighting of the intersections and impact of race, gender and religion.
I just submitted this book to our university library to have it available for all of campus to read and encouraged that all faculty and staff should read the book to improve and reflect upon their interactions with international students.
Thank you so much, Caroline, for your support!
This discussion is so invigorating. Greetings to Rajika, Fanta, and the many old friends gathered here today
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Congratulations, Rajika! Thank you for sharing your story and I look forward to reading your book.
Bridging the gap through programming between international students and domestic students to enhance the impact of international exchange; thanks for highlighting it, Fanta!
Congratulations Rajika for writing a book which, clearly will resonate with so many people, and I’m sure that people all around the world will also be drawn into the book by the personal journey that you have shared with such honesty. It’s clear that this book will be enjoyable AND useful at so many levels.
Thank you, Bela!
Campuses must invest commensurate resources to support the success of international students as they allocate to recruiting them.
Congratulations Rajika on your book that seems to resonate not just with students, but all who have had similar journeys. Thanks to all the amazing panelists for this enriching and thoughtful conversation.
Thank you, everyone. Appreciated this inspiring, timely, uplifting conversation!
Yes, agree! Intentionality of international student support is essential for student success and allows them to flourish in American academic and social life.
Fabulous panel and their perspectives. Cant wait to read the book ! thank you for putting this panel together!
Yes agreed. The ability of our students to develop interpersonal and intercultural relationships depends on international students. Without a diverse community, America would have the benefits of pluralism that far exceed the economic. Good points Stephanie.
Thanks, Marty. Also equally important is the collective and ongoing advocacy with decision makers on immigration/visa matters so our work is more impactful as a country.
Rajika, that illustrates the problem. I am so glad you fought for your title. We MUST have the student experience front and center. The publishers were clearly disconnected from reality.
Thank you all so much for joining us today.
Thank you Rajika and the great panel!
Is it possible to buy the book directly? Not on Amazon?