Global Nation Education dives into immigrant student life — inside and outside the classroom — and meets everyone from newcomers to the kids of immigrants, along with their teachers and families, to hear what it means to learn and strive in America.
As California implemented a ban on using race in college admissions 10 years ago, University of California, Irvine started aggressively recruiting talented students in Latino communities. Since then, the percentage of Latino students on-campus tripled.
In the next few months, a decision is expected in a case involving Harvard University and alleged discrimination against Asian American student applicants. But the University of California system is also facing a similar lawsuit — with allegations that administrators are considering race in admissions even though California bans the practice. A scandal is also raising larger questions about merit in college admissions and who has unfair advantage.
Often, migrant teens have to work to pay for their own rent or help with family expenses. High school can be overwhelming. Rusdale High School, just for immigrant students 16 or older, accommodates their needs to help them achieve.
One ethnic studies teacher in Oakland, California, noticed that her students, who come from all over the world, had some trouble relating to each other. So, she created a video dictionary so that the students can teach each other words and phrases from their home country.
The US is still the number one destination for many Chinese international students. But a recent incident at Duke University over students speaking Chinese has some colleges worried that the US is gaining a reputation for being unwelcoming.
It is not easy to get a college degree as a working, single mom – and it can be close to impossible if you are undocumented. One immigrant mom in Arizona was able to put her family on a path to college once they got legal status.