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View from the Forest recap: Black History Month

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MSM Higher Ed president Donna Hooker invites viewers to observe and celebrate Black History Month in the 12th episode of “View From The Forest.”

MSM Higher Ed president Donna Hooker featured Black History Month and its effects on the international education sector in an episode of “View From The Forest.”

Black History Month is observed every February, and it “pays tribute to the achievements of Africans and their significant role in history,” Donna said.

Key Points at a Glance

  • Black History Month is observed every February
  • Notable people of African descent include Martin Luther King Jr. and U.S. vice president Kamala Harris
  • Systematic racism still exists in multicultural nations like Canada
  • The “Black Lives Matter” movement has become a catalyst for the international education sector to create inclusive learning spaces

“While there are notable people of African descent who have greatly influenced the world today such as the likes of Martin Luther King Jr., former U.S. president Barack Obama, and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, racism and police brutality against Black people still exist,” said Donna. She went on highlighting Black female achievers like Lupita Nyong’O, Olajumoke Adenowo, and U.S. vice president Kamala Harris.

“Yet there is still a lot of work to be done to make sure that black students feel safe and protected,” Donna said.

She cited data from a 2018 report which shows how Black Canadians were likely victims of hate crimes. Donna also said “systemic racism” could still be a problem in destination countries like Canada which are known as “multicultural nations.”

With the emergence of the “Black Lives Matter” movement, “discussions on the importance of having a safe and supportive campus for black students and for other people of color have become more prevalent.” The movement has sparked change in the academe, and institutions are now more inclusive and supportive of international African students.

“By helping Black students integrate and learn, we encourage them to go on to make a difference and become successful in their chosen careers,” said Donna.

“We all have to do our part to fix this.”

Watch Episode 12 for the full insight. For more “View from the Forest” episodes, check out 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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