Spelman College

Spelman earned several noteworthy spots on @USNews’s 2020 list of college rankings: No. 1: HBCU for the 13th year in a row No. 6: Social Mobility No. 6: Most Innovative Colleges No. 22: Best Undergrad Teaching View all of our rankings: http://bit.ly/SpelUSN20#2019atSpelman

This year, Spelman welcomed a number of esteemed guests on campus: Former First Lady Michelle Obama visited to discuss “Becoming” with Dr. Marilyn Davis’ Black Women: Developing Public Leadership Skills class; Stacey Abrams, C’95, received the 2019 Spelman Local Community Service Award; and artist Amy Sherald’s exhibition was on view at Spelman Museum from January – May 2019. The community also welcomed the cast of the “Little” the movie for convocation and students enjoyed a pre-screening of Beyonce’s original Netflix film, “Homecoming.”

Sub-Saharan African Immigrants in the United States

Slightly more than 2 million immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa lived in the United States in 2018. While this population remains small, representing just 4.5 percent of the country’s 44.7 million immigrants, it is a rapidly growing one. Between 2010 and 2018, the sub-Saharan African population increased by 52 percent, significantly outpacing the 12 percent growth rate for the overall foreign-born population during that same period.

There were very few sub-Saharan Africans in the United States just a few decades ago, with under 150,000 residents in 1980. Since then, immigrants from some of the largest sub-Saharan countries, such as Nigeria, Ethiopia, Ghana, Somalia, and South Africa, have settled in the United States. Overall, more than 2 million immigrants have come from the 51 countries that comprise sub-Saharan Africa, making up 84 percent of the 2.4 million immigrants from the entire African continent. The remainder are from the six countries of North Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, and Tunisia. MORE

Angela Okafor, who has a law degree from her home country of Nigeria and passed the New York bar exam, opened an immigration law practice three years ago.

Last month, Okafor made history in the larger community: The attorney and small-business owner became the first immigrant and black elected as a councilor in the small, overwhelmingly white city. Okafor’s election is part of a growing wave of women of color who are running for political office, and winning.

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Témoignages. La clé d’une expatriation réussie au Canada : “se prendre en main”

Travailler au Canada, c’est la promesse d’un cadre de vie privilégié et d’un marché de l’emploi dynamique… Pour autant, s’adapter au Canada et à sa culture demande un réel effort pour un Français.

Ces dernières années, le Canada est devenu une destination incontournable pour l’expatriation des Français. Avec environ 100 000 Français actuellement inscrits sur les registres consulaires, la communauté française au Canada a plus que doublé depuis le début du siècle. C’est pourquoi nous nous sommes rendus à l’édition 2019 de Destination Canada, un forum qui permet à des futurs candidats français à l’immigration de rencontrer des institutions, des expats français et des employeurs canadiens.

Nous y avons rencontré Dorra Gdoura, responsable des services d’aide aux immigrants au collège La Cité à Ottawa (Ontario) et Carine Ouedraogo, agente de communication au Conseil du développement économique des territoires du Nord-Ouest, jeune active. Très sollicitées sur leurs stands, elles ont eu la gentillesse de répondre à nos questions sur la vie des expats français au Canada, et les préparatifs nécessaires pour faire de l’expatriation une réussite.

D’emblée, Dorra Gdoura prévient : “L’immigration, ce n’est pas facile, c’est un choix de vie. Et quand on fait des choix, il faut les assumer.” Ainsi gère-t-elle le programme ConnexionsFrancophones.ca, qui accompagne les immigrants francophones déjà acceptés au Canada dans leurs démarches et leur intégration. En effet, quand on envisage de s’expatrier au Canada, il faut penser à la préparation en amont, à la recherche d’emploi, mais aussi à l’intégration dans le pays d’accueil.

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Dorra Gdoura est persuadée qu’une bonne préparation est la clé d’une SUITE

Nigerians are spending half a billion dollars to school in the United States

The rot in Nigeria’s educational system is costing the country hundreds of millions of dollars.

Over the past academic year, the economic impact of spending by Nigerian students studying in the United States reached $514 million, data from the Institute of International Education shows. The figure outstrips the economic impact of students from France, Germany and the United Kingdom in the US.

Keeping in trend with a long-standing preference for seeking education abroad, Nigeria was the only African country ranked among the top 25 origin countries for international students in the US over the past year. MORE

Washington DC – Job Seekers Clinic

Are you looking for a job? Do you need help with your cover letter, resume or application?

Come to Job Seekers Clinics at Petworth Library! Library staff will provide one-on-one assistance for job seeking patrons. Patrons will be served on a first-come, first-serve basis. Job Seeker Clinics will occur every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Petworth Library | 4200 Kansas Ave. NW | Washington, D.C. | 20011

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Critical Language Scholarship Program

At-a-Glance

Application for Summer 2020 Now Open – Apply by November 19

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) program provides overseas foreign language instruction and cultural immersion experiences for American undergraduate and graduate students in fifteen critical need languages.

CLS is part of a U.S. government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to our national security and prosperity. These critical languages are less commonly taught in U.S. schools, but are essential to America’s positive engagement with the world.  

Number of International Students in the United States Hits All-Time High

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 18, 2019—The number of international students in the United States set an all-time high in the 2018/19 academic year, the fourth consecutive year with more than one million international students. The total number of international students, 1,095,299, is a 0.05 percent increase over last year, according to the 2019 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. International students make up 5.5 percent of the total U.S. higher education population. According to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, international students contributed $44.7 billion to the U.S. economy in 2018, an increase of 5.5 percent from the previous year.

Open Doors 2019, released today by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, highlights the continued competitiveness of the U.S. higher education sector as a destination of choice for international students and the growing interest in international educational exchange among U.S. students.

“We are happy to see the continued growth in the number of international students in the United States and U.S. students studying abroad,” said Marie Royce, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs. “Promoting international student mobility remains a top priority for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and we want even more students in the future to see the United States as the best destination to earn their degrees. International exchange makes our colleges and universities more dynamic for all students and an education at a U.S. institution can have a transformative effect for international students, just like study abroad experiences can for U.S. students.”

For the tenth consecutive year, China remained the largest source of international students in the United States in 2018/19 with 369,548 students in undergraduate, graduate, non-degree, and optional practical training (OPT) programs, a 1.7 percent increase from 2017/18. India (202,014, +2.9 percent), South Korea (52,250, -4.2 percent), Saudi Arabia (37,080, -16.5 percent), and Canada (26,122, +0.8 percent) round out the top five. Emerging market countries showed some of the strongest growth year over year, especially Bangladesh (+10.0 percent), Brazil (+9.8 percent), Nigeria (+5.8 percent), and Pakistan (+5.6 percent).