The Rohingya are an ethnic population primarily composed of Muslims. Prior to 2017, they largely resided in the Buddhist-majority nation of Myanmar within a small area called the Rakhine State. Last year, the Myanmar military began a brutal campaign of violence toward the Rohingya in response to an incident of Rohingya-lead violence. The Rohingya population has since fled the violence in Myanmar by crossing the border into Bangladesh.
“The opportunity to learn about child poverty in Iran was so unique,” David says. “And I was so excited to dialogue with Iranian graduate students. I wanted to provide them with a different perspective and felt that the exchange of knowledge should overcome political differences.”
When Mayra first came to Oregon State, she says seeing the flag hung in the MU made her feel welcome. “The unusual political situation of PR as a commonwealth of the U.S. often results in minimal representation and recognition of our culture in some spaces on the mainland,” she says “Since there are so few of us at OSU, the representation of our flag communicates that we are seen and recognized as valuable members of the institution,” she says.
“Gaza feels like a paradox of culture, beauty, warmth and humanity superimposed on the terrible sadness that underlies everything,” Megan says.
“Students who experience the world through education abroad develop cultural sensitivity and humility, and are exposed to working across disciplines, cultures and national boundaries,” Sunil says. “The students saw that real world issues can rarely be seen as black and white. Instead, the issues are complicated, and the solutions are shares of gray. There are no simple issues or simple solutions.”
Seven CPHHS undergraduate students had a memorable summer overseas in Bangalore, India. The students gained a new perspective as they saw public health in action alongside their faculty advisor, Assistant Professor Jonathan Garcia.
People say to me, ‘I could never do what you do,’ and I tell them, “Do what you can do. Everyone can help. If you have a passion, you have a purpose and likely a skill that can help. Don’t limit yourself. A local realty company has offered to donate funds to repair roofs damaged by Hurricane Matthew’s damaging winds and rain. A local Zonta volunteer, Antigone Cook, and a friend and OSU alum, Rachel Boyle, helped make curtains for the guest house. If you offer a service, we’ll do our best to match the need, even if it means sending you to another organization.”