As soon as students get off Highway 30 and arrive at Iowa State University, in Ames, they are greeted with bright yellow banners saying, “welcome,” in multiple different languages. This is just one thing Julian Neely, a journalism and communication major from Des Moines and the 2018-19 Student Government president, said the university does to promote inclusivity and reach out to students of different backgrounds.
The University of Iowa has services and programming to help African American and Latino students feel welcome but a lot of those students don’t know about them, students at a Thursday night IowaWatch/KCRG-TV9 public forum on diversity at the university said. Meantime, these students struggle to exist in a predominantly white campus, African American and Latino students at the forum said. “When you think of universities, you think of white spaces,” Kimberly Chexnayder, a senior from Kansas City, Missouri, said. “It’s so hard for white people to think about their own privileges.” ?
The clock is ticking down toward expiration of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, provisions. At issue — what to do with so-called DREAMers, people who were brought to the United States from other countries at an early age without documentation but who since have been educated in U.S. schools and consider this country to be home. Madeleine McCormick, a fourth-year student majoring in digital media at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, reports on the topic of immigration by talking with police officers, lawyers, DACA recipients and DREAMers.
One of Iowa’s most diverse communities deals up-front with U.S. immigration issues. This podcast takes us to Storm Lake, Iowa, as part of a series called “The Politics of Fear: What are we so afraid of?”