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International Students' Mental Well-Being: Connecting Research and Praxis

Virtual Live Briefings Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice International Education Orientation, Transition and Retention Wellness and Health Promotion

Mental health issues have been on the rise on college campuses in the United States. International students, a growing population at U.S. higher education institutions, have been found to be as, if not more, likely than their domestic peers to experience mental health issues. In the past few years, anti-immigration sentiments, stricter visa regulations, and, most recently, challenges related to continuing to pursue their degrees in the United States due to COVID-19, have created additional stressors for international students. Join Dr. Gudrun Nyunt, Clinical Assistant Professor of Higher Education at Northern Illinois University, Dr. Katie Koo, Assistant Professor of Higher Education at Texas A&M University Commerce, and Yuezhong Zheng, Program Coordinator in the International Students and Scholars Center at Arizona State University, as they discuss how current research on international students' mental well-being can inform the work of student affairs practitioners in various functional areas.


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Sue Macchiarella's lifelong international experiences include living and working globally. She spent a great portion of her life in Asia, Europe and Africa--often traveling to and working in locations seldom visited by outsiders. Sue has worked intimately with travel safety and security for many years in both public and private organizations. Since starting at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) in November 2011, she increased student participation in globalization programs by over 100%. Her programs have won international awards to include the 2013 Heiskell Award Special Recognition: Internationalizing the Professions, the 2016 Bronze Award, along with her Greek partner Angeliki Vaxevanaki, owner of Get Lost,  from the Greek Ministry of Tourism for Innovative Programming and Strategic Partnerships and, most recently, the 2019 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization under NAFSA, the 2020 PIEoneer Award for Real Life Learning and, most recently, the IIE Generation Study Abroad. She has presented on a variety of study abroad topics both in the United States and abroad, published an article on “Aviation Beyond Borders” in the EAIE (European Association of International Educators) magazine and contributed to other articles on international education.  Sue enjoys consulting on program development and holds two master degrees: Human Resource Development and Public Administration. She is the Director of the Office of Global Engagement at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.