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Courageous Conversations: Experiences of Belonging from African Immigrant College Student Perspectives


Thursday, February 22, 2018


Main Campus—Black Hawk Hall 225

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As part of the Hawkeye Courageous Conversations initiative, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion will host Experiences of Belonging from African Immigrant College Student Perspectives.

The funnel of opportunity that comes with a postsecondary education is narrowing for immigrants as shouts of “America first” and ideologies of a meritocratic immigration system is gaining political momentum. Sadly, recent accounts of American leaders allegedly referring to some nations, including Africa, as sh****** countries” has sparked global shock, disbelief, and outrage and leaves many questioning how, if, or where these students belong in our Academies. The spectrum and debate surrounding undocumented, refugee, and asylee college students is very dynamic and broad. To narrow the focus, this Courageous Conversation session will ask HCC students from various African countries what it means to be an African immigrant student in contemporary American society.

Format: Short Presentation and panel discussion

Facilitator: Patrick Malloy, PhD, Associate Professor, HCC Humanities Department. Dr. Malloy earned his masters and doctorate in African history from UCLA. He currently teaches several sections of African Cultures, History and Culture of the Middle East, and Intro to Cultural Anthropology.

Attendees: Hawkeye students and staff

Outcomes: Implications for practice include creating positive spaces that foster community and engagement.

The goal of the Courageous Conversation series is to have open, honest, relevant discussions with students, faculty, and staff about critical, current, and controversial issues affecting our diverse communities. They are not meant to convince, caution, or champion for any cause. These conversations tend to be challenging and uncomfortable yet authentic and powerful. To engage, empower, and enlighten our students through different ways of knowing is one of my primary aims as Director of Diversity and Inclusion.


  1. academics
  2. diversity and inclusion
  3. faculty and staff
  4. student activities
  5. students
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