Social and Cultural Barriers Reported by STEM International Graduate Students of Color

Authors

  • MIGUEL RODRIGUEZ
  • BRIAN ZAMMARRIPPA ROMAN
  • MIRNA MOHAMED
  • RAMON BARTHELEMY

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v14i3.6694

Keywords:

international students, cultural barriers, social barries, intersectionality, STEM education, color

Abstract

This article explores international students’ experiences in their graduate STEM programs at predominantly white US institutions through in-depth qualitative interviews and thematic analysis. International students reported encountering social and cultural barriers with American peers and sometimes even with other international students. These barriers include language, popular cultural, and social norms. Some students, who were less culturally represented in their cohorts, felt isolated but later found other people outside of their departments, often people from their same cultural background. The experiences of our participants varied by the representation of their culture in their departments, where students from less represented countries experienced more isolation. Connections to current acculturation theory will be discussed, as well as further implications and possible solutions for increasing intercultural exchanges.

Author Biographies

MIGUEL RODRIGUEZ

MIGUEL RODRIGUEZ, PhD, is an assistant physics professor at California State University Dominguez Hills. His major research interests are 1) studying the intersectional experience of students and 2) technological impacts of education

BRIAN ZAMMARRIPPA ROMAN

BRIAN ZAMMARRIPPA ROMAN, PhD, is a physics instructor and Assistant Director of Inclusion and Belonging at the Wasatch Academy. His current research focus is equity-oriented research in the K-12.

MIRNA MOHAMED

MIRNA MOHAMED, MS, is currently a PhD student in the Mallinson Institute for Science Education at Western Michigan University. Her current research interests are studying students of color that pursue STEM majors.

RAMON BARTHELEMY

RAMON BARTHELEMY, PhD, is faculty in physics and astronomy at the University of Utah and a fellow of the American Physical Society. He conducts research on marginalized communities in physics and STEM.

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Published

2024-04-21

How to Cite

RODRIGUEZ, M. ., ROMAN, B. Z. ., MOHAMED, M. ., & BARTHELEMY, R. . (2024). Social and Cultural Barriers Reported by STEM International Graduate Students of Color. Journal of International Students, 14(3), 276–302. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v14i3.6694

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