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The Last Post: A Farewell

After reading the prompt for this last blog post, “a summary of my class experience”, I decided to look back at my first real blog post of the semester. This was the post that asked what I hoped to get out of the class. The Goals: In this blog post, I had stated that “I …

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USA Needs International Students in Higher Education

  Topic of Interest: There are a lot of different issues arising in higher education that I could have discussed for my blog. After a long look at my field and program, animal and poultry science, I decided to research and comment on international students in higher education because I see a lack in the …

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Intersectionality

The Why: Despite having a class discussion, reading multiple articles, and watching various YouTube videos on intersectionality, I still have a vague sense of the word. Before this class, I had never encountered the word. My lack of comprehension might speak to my identity and personal intersectionality. My most pronounced characteristics are my race, which …

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It’s a Dog-Eat-Dog World

I am currently in the animal and poultry science department, however, as I have mentioned before, my real passion is dogs. In the working dog world, there are more male trainers than there are female trainers. Over the past years, women have become more and more involved in training, but there is still not equality. …

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Stereotype Threat

The Prompt: No matter who you are, where you come from, or the color of your skin, you are faced with stereotypes. This also then means you have inherently been faced with a concept called stereotype threat. Before this blog was assigned, I had no concept of stereotype threat. I had never heard of the …

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By: hdecker

Hi Parth! I am so curious as to how you went from applied physics to higher education? That is quite the change of pace. At what point did you decide to pursue higher education?

I also appreciate you saying “no amount of knowledge is enough in the area of diversity, inclusion, and equity”. I had a similar sentence in my blog post. I agree with this idea wholeheartedly. I feel as though the world is constantly changing at a pace that we just cannot keep up with. With that being said, we can’t ignore diversity, inclusion, and equity. I think everyone should have an open mind and be willing to put in the work to be inclusive and provide equity to those around us. I think the only way we are going to put a stop to things like microaggressions is to not only acknowledge them, but to put in the effort to change the phrases we use and the words we say.

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The Reason Behind Diversity for a Global Society

The Prompt There are many reasons for a student to take a class about diversity. Most of these reasons, I assume, are personal, while some are related to department or certification requirements. In the following paragraphs, I will address my personal reasons for signing up for Diversity for a Global Society. Underlying Reason While emailing …

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Intro Blog Post

Hi everyone, my name is Hannah Decker. I am a first-year master’s student in the animal and poultry science department. I am originally from Boise, Idaho and completed my undergrad degree in Montana at a tiny, private liberal arts college. I received a B.A. in Anthrozoology. Anthrozoology is the study of human-animal interactions and relationships, …

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