From Oppression to Global Social Justice

Practitioners’ Responsibility to International Students in the U.S. Community College


  • Tiffany Viggiano University of Jyväskylä
  • Evelyn Vázquez University of California, Riverside
  • Ariadna I. López Damián Instituto Tecnológico de Chilpancinco


Chapter 11|14 pages From Oppression to Global Social Justice: Practitioners' Responsibility to International Students in the US Community College By Tiffany Viggiano, Evelyn Vázquez, Ariadna I. López Damián  

In this chapter, we articulate rhetorical roots of oppressive conditions experienced by community college international students in the United States. We link these conditions to foreign-born status and global changes (specifically, the 2017 Travel Bans and 2020 COVID pandemic). Through a revisit of “The Others: Equitable Access, International Students, and the Community College,” we demonstrate that the pattern of paradoxical and transactional arguments recently observed on the national stage is not new, but rooted in institutional culture. Current global contexts and nascent critical international literature cast a new light on our previous conceptualization of practitioners' rationales for the enrollment of international students on their campuses. When practitioners use the transactional rationales, like those identified in “Others,” to recruit international students, they contribute to oppressive conditions for international students. By doing so they facilitate, and reproduce, global social injustice.



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Author Biographies

Tiffany Viggiano, University of Jyväskylä

Tiffany Viggiano is a practitioner at the University of Alaska, Anchorage and a doctoral candidate at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland. As a critical internationalization of higher education scholar, she has published on topics relating to practitioners, ethical internationalization, global responsibility, the U.S. community college, and study abroad. 

Evelyn Vázquez, University of California, Riverside

postdoctoral scholar

Ariadna I. López Damián, Instituto Tecnológico de Chilpancinco




How to Cite

Viggiano, T., Vázquez, E. ., & López Damián, A. (2021). From Oppression to Global Social Justice: Practitioners’ Responsibility to International Students in the U.S. Community College. STAR Scholar Books. Retrieved from



International Students in Community Colleges (Published)