Concerns regarding International Students Services

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Concerns regarding International Students Services

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Do Nga started this petition to Millsaps College

Dear Millsaps Community,

As you may have acknowledged, there has been a significant transformation in both qualities and quantities in activities lead by international students in the past two years. These events include but not limit to:

1. The World Wide Week- the week-long event features intercultural exhibits and cuisines which earns the Association for Campus Activities (NACA) award for outstanding multicultural event.

2. The Cultural Café - a series of cultural presentation and discussion.

3. The formation of BOBA- first Asian student organization at Millsaps College and the first Lunar New Year Celebration

4. Millsaps International Buddy System MIBS - a program that connects volunteer upperclassmen from Millsaps with international students to welcome them and help them with their transition here. MIBS provides services such as host family matching, transportation around Jackson, international orientation, and monthly cultural excursions. The goal of MIBS is to help international students transition to life on campus and in the Jackson community.

These stated activities have brought a great opportunity for meaningful cultural learning and diversity promoting to the Millsaps student body. These events also foster the reputation of the college, not only in Jackson, MS but also around the globe. From the perspective of student leaders, we want to attribute the success of these activities to our International Student Advisor, Christina Phillips. Ms. Phillips, with the role of an advisor, has provided excellent services for international students in supporting us with our transition. Beyond her role as an advisor, Ms. Phillips has worked closely with student leaders in planning and organizing multiple cultural events that receive remarkably positive feedbacks from students, faculty and staff.

However, due to increases in admission duties and restrictions in her workplace, Ms. Phillips has been prohibited from performing the job that she originally did. These changes have led to her feeling extremely pressured. As a result, Ms. Phillips has turned in her letter of resignation.

We believe that Ms. Phillips' absence will be a great deficit for not only the international student body, but for Millsaps community as a whole. Therefore, we call for the support of everyone who is concerned about diversity, Millsaps, and for this staff member that we cherish. We feel that Student Life or International Education would be better offices for the international student advisor to work in. We would like to propose that the international student advisor job be moved out of Admissions. 

Thank you very much for your time,

Millsaps International Students

 

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