Academic Engagement

Support International Students AND their EDUCATORS in the US

F1 students must be allowed to continue their studies in the US online and remotely with the safety of in-person classes in question.

"International students in the U.S. contributed nearly $41 billion to the national economy in the 2018-2019 academic year, according to NAFSA: Association of International Educators" https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/07/new-rules-for-international-students-could-cost-us-colleges-billions.html

If these students are required to return to their countries it could have an irreversible damaging effect on our education system and the educators that rely on their enrollment. Many English language schools depend completely on international students. Most importantly, these are students, like we all are or were, who are here in the United States of America pursuing their passions and dreams. We should be welcoming them, encouraging them, and assuring them at this time. Students and educators' well-being and safety cannot be brushed aside so easily.

Rescind the July 6, 2020 guidance from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program that bars international students from living in the U.S if their schools can only offer remote classes.

 

Visual source: https://www.visualcapitalist.com/international-students-impact-u-s-economy/

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