Deepa's Discovery: An Examination of Intersectionality When Multiple Identities Collide – Managing Family Roles, Doctoral Work, and Clashing Eurocentric Worldviews

Deepa's Discovery: An Examination of Intersectionality When Multiple Identities Collide – Managing Family Roles, Doctoral Work, and Clashing Eurocentric Worldviews

John J. S. Harrichand (The College at Brockport (SUNY), USA), Krista Kirk (Liberty University, USA) and Joy Maweu Mwendwa (Liberty University, USA)
Copyright: © 2020 |Pages: 27
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-0022-4.ch010

Abstract

This chapter seeks to bring awareness to the multiple identities that international (graduate/doctoral counseling) students bring to college and university campuses. The multiple identities are examined through the intersectionality paradigm and the RESPECTFUL model, and apply the Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies (MSJCC). It is intended to help counselors-in-training, counselor educators, supervisors, and administrators examine current intrapersonal, interpersonal, institutional, community, public, international/global views, and potential roles related to working with clients/students/peers who comprise our growing international student population.
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Literature Review

It can be argued that international students are part of the fabric of American society, yet their challenges go unheard and unmet (Burlew & Alleyne, 2010; Coates & Dickinson, 2012; Hyun, Quinn, Madon & Lustig, 2007; Rai, 2002). Some of the distinct experiences of international students include acculturative stress, social isolation and rejection, discrimination, homesickness, language-related issues (Arthur, 2004; Leon & Chmiel, 2013), racial and ethnic microaggressions (Houshmand, Spanierman, & Tafarodi, 2014; Ng & Smith, 2009) and the limited opportunities for clinical experience because of their speech-accent (Mittal & Wieling, 2006; Ng & Smith, 2009). Specifically, the acculturative stress experienced by international students can affect academic performance and competency in their eventual workplaces (Sherry, Thomas, & Chui, 2010).

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