Domestic students to make UW-Madison more inclusive for foreign students

For Immediate Release
December 2, 2012
Contact: Cecilia Miao (smiao@wisc.edu), Justin Bloesch (jbloesch@wisc.edu)

Domestic students to make UW-Madison more inclusive for foreign students

ASM collaborates with Channel C to present “Dinner dialogue: A forum on inclusion and international student life.”

MADISON, Wis. – With almost 10 percent of its student population coming from outside of the U.S., the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the flagship university of the state, is taking actions to make itself a more inclusive campus for its foreign students.

“International students’ diverse experiences, backgrounds, and knowledge greatly expand the rich culture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison,” President Marshiella Pandji from the Assembly of International Students said.

“Despite their significant role on campus, international students are often left out and considered ‘outsiders’ in various aspects of campus life,” Jing Jin, the vice president of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association of UW-Madison, stated in the promotional video for the event, which is produced by the Channel C producers.

The Associated Students of Madison (ASM), the student government body of UW-Madison, is collaborating with Channel C, an independent video production team aiming to help Chinese students integrate, to discuss how the university can improve foreign students’ Wisconsin experience on Tuesday, December 3, 7:30 p.m. at the Red Gym. This is part of a campus-wide initiative to envision Diversity and Inclusion for UW-Madison in the next 10 years.

“It’s been my dream to see this finally happening before I graduate,” Executive Director of Channel C Cecilia Miao said. “This conversation has to take place because we have so many foreign students here, and they all need to feel more included in all aspects of campus life.”

Channel C is an independent student project to tell stories about Chinese students’ integration experience at UW-Madison through short videos. The founders found the urgent needs to voice for the Chinese student body, as the number of Chinese students has grown exponentially in the recent years, now equal to the number of Asian American students and twice the number of African American students on campus.

“This is the one of the first initiatives from the domestic students in the university history to engage international students,” Justin Bloesch, the lead organizer for the forum, said. “And we are looking forward to more efforts like this to make UW-Madison the most inclusive campus for students from all over the world.”

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