22 SES 13 D, Internationalisation: Various Perspectives
As Alford (2010) wrote in a piece titled, Connecting the Dots Within the BlackDiaspora, with over 800 million Black people in Africa, 140 million in South America, 40 million in the Unites States and more Blacks spread among people around the globe, it is time that Blacks across the Diaspora better understand their common challenges and opportunities for uplift. One extraordinary example of an area that is terribly under-researched and under-investigated is African Diaspora students’ from other countries experiences studying abroad, and especially their experiences at Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs) in the USA. Short of the report in the Chronicle of Higher Education (2014 September 16) that discussed the challenges HBCUs face in internationalizing their campuses, there have been few studies, if any, conducted, first, on HBCU campuses internationalization efforts, i.e., their institutions to increase their students studying abroad, and their preparation and capabilities to accommodate international experiences; and second, international students’ perceptions of their experiences while on their campuses. Even less is known about African Diaspora students’ participation on these campuses. It is particularly important to better understand issues and lessons that can be shared across HBCUs to better enhance the outcomes and future of these institutions in their quest to attract and accommodate the growing number of foreign students studying in the USA. In this research, I conducted a case study on an HBCU to assess its preparation to internationalize its campus and to assess international students' from Brazil experiences. This campus was one of approximately 20 HBCU campuses to host Brazilian students in an exchange program as a part of the Affirmative Action Program to increase Brazilian students’ international experiences. Therefore, this was an ideal time for this study.
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