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International students to US: Do you really want us?

Students chat in the food court at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn in May of 2012. The changing climate in the US is causing some international students to rethink studying at US colleges and universities. Source: Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff

Landry Bado has a new bachelor’s degree in architecture from Temple University in Philadelphia, and he hopes to design museums, community centers – places that bring people together.

A citizen of Burkina Faso in West Africa, he’s also vocal about the benefits of coming together across borders for higher education.

He’s one of many students and staff who offer warm smiles as they convey the message, “You are welcome here” in a Temple video, designed to reassure prospective international students who may be concerned about what climate they’d land in if they come to study in the United States.

Hundreds of US colleges and universities have joined the #YouAreWelcomeHere video and social media campaign, depicting the sense of home they try to forge on their campuses. It’s also one way higher education is pushing back against President Trump’s rhetoric and policies that cast globalization as a

A $30 billion bump to the economyDecline in students in 2017A push to woo students'US is not safe'

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