Date of Award

Spring 2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs

Committee Chairperson

Dana Morrison, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Kenneth Witmer, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Jacqueline S. Hodes, Ed.D.


This thesis examines past and current political tensions and anti-immigrant sentiment along with the impacts they have had on the United States University. I focus on the international student experience attaining access to a United States education and their experiences once they are on campus. The context given proves how past and current events may hinder international students to feel welcome. I explore ways in which the United States university may create a more hospitable experience for them. An intervention of bridging the gap between domestic and international students is introduced as a step toward a more hospitable, educationally enriching experience