Two Communication Majors Win Brinkman’s Student Diversity Grant

Submitted by Gisela Gil-Egui on March 25, 2008
Katie Boutros and Amenda LeGros

Katie Boutros and Amenda LeGros presenting their project results

Spring 2008

Two Communication Majors Win Brinkman’s Student Diversity Grant
to Assess Situation of International Students at Fairfield U

On March 25th, 2008, and in front of large audience including Fairfield town’s local authorities, members of Fairfield University’s Board of Trustees and administration, and local media, communication majors Amenda LeGros and Katerine Boutros presented the results of a two-semester research project in which they explored the way in which foreign students at Fairfield University rate the quality of their academic and human experience during their stay in the U.S., as well as they way in which international students are perceived by national ones within this institution. The project, entitled “Accented Perceptions: Fairfield University as a Space of (Dis)Integration for Foreign Students,” was one of three proposals that won the Brinkman’s Student Diversity Grant in a university-wide competition for the academic year 2007-2008. Under the guidance of Dr. Gisela Gil-Egui, the authors of this project conducted surveys and focus groups that led them to formulate concrete policy recommendations to improve even more the generally positive image that students from abroad have about their time at Fairfield University.

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