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MSM Higher Ed president Donna Hooker shares her experience with racism in the classroom through her and her daughter’s eyes in this “View from the Forest” episode. 

View from the Forest Recap: International education and racism

Racism is a generational stumbling block that needs to be addressed, most especially among the youth. 

Why and how? In this episode of “View from the Forest,” MSM Higher Ed president Donna Hooker starts off recalling how hearing African-American civil rights activist Ruby Bridges on television talk about how important it is to shape the minds of the young first made her reflect on her own thoughts on racism.

“I have always had the perspective that change happens through influencing children. It is too late and too hard to change the well-entrenched attitudes of older adults,” said Donna.  

Donna continued on with her insights, providing a peek into how society has evolved throughout the years. The seasoned educator enumerated her own experiences and that of her daughter’s.

“When I was in the third grade, I had one Chinese classmate. Everyone else was Caucasian,” Donna said. She went on sharing how when her daughter was the same age, her class was made up of 50 percent visible minorities. 

“Later, when that same daughter began teaching a Grade 3 class, she was among the minority,” Donna said. “Classrooms had transformed and had become much more diverse. Teachers were celebrating diversity and sharing cultural similarities and differences as part of their everyday curriculum outcomes.”

With her long experience in the academe, Donna highlighted that international education, on all levels, is a double solution. Not only can educators can guide younger students to combat racism head on but they could also foster intercultural exchanges.

“My goals were to foster cultural awareness amongst faculty, staff and students; encourage internationalization of curriculum and the classroom; encourage domestic students to broaden perspectives through study abroad; and support international students as they transition to the institution, the city and country.”

Donna went on encouraging educators of the great need to continue on with their programs and initiatives that ensure the safety and well-being of those undergoing undue stress due to racism. “There is so much work for domestic and international educators to do,” adds Donna. 

The Global Awareness and Study Skills Pre-Departure Briefing Course under MSM Higher Ed Pathways takes these matters into consideration, preparing students for a smooth transition as they study abroad, among many other things.

Watch Episode 5 of “View from the Forest” now. To learn more about MSM Higher Ed President Donna Hooker’s thoughts on all matters surrounding international education, follow the MSM Higher Ed YouTube channel and click subscribe for more videos.


President, MSM Higher Ed

Donna Hooker has worked in the international education field for 30 years. She has a comprehensive knowledge of policy and practise in the public post-secondary education system in British Columbia, Canada and worldwide. She is a past board chair for the BC Centre for International Education and has held senior management roles at BC Institute for Technology, Vancouver Community College, and most recently at Capilano University.


Donna Hooker, MSM Higher Ed President

Donna Hooker, MSM Higher Ed President, takes you to her lush home in Upper Fraser Valley, British Columbia to talk about different trends and issues affecting the international education industry. Watch, learn and subscribe to the channel to get her invaluable vlog series, “View from the Forest.”

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MSM Higher Ed offers education management solutions that create opportunities for students while building capacity for international student enrollment and new revenue streams for partner institutions. Through viable public-private partnerships (PPPs), licensing agreements, program pathways based on articulation arrangements and pan-national and transnational program delivery, we create opportunities for students to earn career-oriented credentials preparing their career or academic advancement. MSM Higher Ed manages private institutions Eton College Canada, Q College, Q Academy, Taylor Pro College, Extreme Pro Training, and College Multihexa.

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