Support for Anne and all International Students in the Emory University Community
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Dear Rollins Community,
Welcome to a new year and a new semester! As we settle back into the swing of school, one of our classmates is facing incredible financial stress, potential loss of her position as a student at Emory, and subsequently her visa to stay in the United States. We are currently working with the RSPH Dean’s Office, RSPH Office of Admissions and Student Services, Emory Office of Financial Aid, and Emory Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) to address this matter.
In 2012, Anne Chumbow came to the United States from Cameroon, by way of Kenya, with hopes of not only acquiring a higher education but fulfilling her dream of becoming a champion of health care. In 2016, she graduated with honors and received her B.S. in nursing from Southern University in Louisiana. Since May 2016, Anne has served as a proud member of the United States Army, via the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) Program. Last semester she joined the Rollins community as a member of the Global Health department and concentrating in community health and development. She is smart, insightful, and passionate about working with vulnerable populations to improve their health and quality of life. Anne is a do-er. She is motivated to invoke change, driven to transform communities, and dedicated to creating a legacy of humanitarian action and compassion.
Financing her studies at Rollins has been problematic and she was unable to pay off last semester’s fees, at the tune of $13,000 (and accruing due to late fees) still owed. Due to this financial hardship, a hold has been placed on Anne’s record and she has lost her student status. As a result, Anne’s student visa will expire. Once a student loses their student status, they must leave the country within 15 days of notification. If she misses her deadline to pay her tuition (totaling at $13,000+$16,400 for Spring 2018= $29,400 for the 2017-2018 school year), it will be impossible for her to return to the United States to finish her studies.
Anne has tried to acquire loans from private banks and since she is not a US citizen, a co-signer is necessary. A total of five individuals have applied to co-sign a loan with Anne, however, due to a range of issues, each loan application was denied.
A GoFundMe page has been created on behalf of Anne Chumbow. Please feel free to donate and to share with your circles. Every donation helps, even the smallest donation can have an extraordinary impact on helping Anne achieve her goals. Link: https://www.gofundme.com/jrqrg3-move-mountains-for-anne-chumbow
According to the RSPH website, “The mission of the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University is to demonstrate excellence in the discovery, dissemination, and application of knowledge as it trains and supports future leaders in health promotion and disease prevention through organized community efforts around the world.” Additionally, the international students’ webpage asserts that “Rollins supports a diverse and collaborative learning environment that thrives on mutual respect. When you step foot on Rollins’ campus, you’re joining a global community of scholarship.”
We as students strongly share these sentiments and many of us chose to join this community of public health practitioners because of them.
Let's support Anne by asking RSPH Dean’s Office, RSPH Office of Admissions and Student Services, Emory Office of Financial Aid, and Emory Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) to reconsider her case. Allowing students to fall through the cracks is a direct contradiction to our values as an institution, and Anne’s absence in the Emory Community would surely leave a hole. We also ask Emory Campus Life and Emory Alliance Credit Union to expand financial opportunities for RSPH international students.
The students of Rollins sign this petition to support one of their own and demand that Rollins adheres to its commitment to supporting future leaders of public health.
We would like to see RSPH and Emory University acknowledge that Anne’s leave of absence and subsequent removal from the United States is a detrimental consequence to a student in financial need by:
1. Enhancing internal funding for international students:
- Opening REAL positions for international students during their first semester
- Working towards collaboration across the university to create “graduate assistantships” that would fund tuition for international students.
- Expanding emergency funding for international students
- Createing a need-based scholarship for international students in order to diversify within the international student community at RSPH
2. Empowering the RSPH community to utilize all available resources, assistance, and advocates throughout their time at RSPH.
3. Revisiting Student Financial Services’ Emory Payment Plan policies, specifically around re-enrollment.
4. Expanding partnership with Emory Alliance Credit Union beyond the Goizueta Business School and Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. Strengthening ties between Emory Alliance Credit Union and RSPH Administration in order to facilitate more financing opportunities for RSPH international students.
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