The following survey responses were collected starting on June 8 and published on June 17, 2020, in connection with nextGEN's "Advocacy Call to Challenge Institutionalized Xenophobia Against International Students":
ICE’s recent attempt to deport international students who are taking online classes during the ongoing pandemic has generated significant push-back from university administration, faculty, and students. While the Trump administration has since rescinded the policy, this incident highlights the precarity international students wrestle with on a daily basis. Too often, international students are tokenized or are valued primarily for their economic contribution. Meanwhile, their voices and experiences remain unheard and unacknowledged.
In light of this, nextGEN conducted an anonymous survey among international students, offering them the space to safely share their experiences at their institutions and in their daily lives. The aim of this survey was to highlight shared experiences among international students and to amplify their voices within public discourse via nextGEN’s website, listserv, and twitter.
In total we have received 38 responses. Out of 37 responses on demographics, 25 responders shared that they are graduate students and 12 undergraduates. Similarly, 20 responders represent Humanities, 3 responders represent social sciences, and 9 responders from STEM.
We are sharing the responses that we have received with the following goals in mind: We hope that these survey data can amplify the voices of international students, while educating university administration, faculty, and domestic students the complicated circumstances international students have to navigate. Our advocacy for and with international students should not end with the rescission of the ICE student ban. The students’ experiences documented here highlight the need for higher ed institutions to listen to them, and implement policies and create infrastructures that would allow international students to truly thrive.
Responses were anonymous or have been further anonymized to protect identities. All questions were voluntary, and not every question was answered by every respondent. We therefore organize responses by survey topic/question, hoping this organization helps build collective knowledge on the particular subjects addressed.