Last week I attended a panel discussion that was simply concerning race and diversity here at the University of Oklahoma. The event’s title was “International Experiences of Race and Diversity”, the event involved different international students who are from countries all around the world who attend the University of Oklahoma. The international students shared their personal experiences that they have have had here at OU. They shared the racial biases that they have been exposed to since coming here. The stories were very personal and exposed the racial discriminations that occur here on our campus. The event was eye-opening and somewhat frightening to know that there are people who have these views about international students. These students are my friends and I fear for their safety and comfortability here at OU. This event exposed me to the great responsibility we have to step up be voices and to make our campus an open community where everyone feels included and equal.
My name is Kelsey Norton and I'm currently a freshman here at the University of Oklahoma. This blog will involve all things international and will contain reflections for a program I'm involved in here at the University, The Global Engagement Fellowship program.