With the new school year just around the corner, universities are struggling to open safely. In the third of our ongoing Covid-19 episodes, we hear from Jared, a Singaporean and rising Sophomore at Brown University. He shares his evacuation from the U.S. last March, his uncertainty regarding the upcoming semester, and his concerns over a recent announcement by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which threatened the education of international students like Jared. Jared also discusses “Healthy Brown,” the University’s flexible plan designed to protect students in this time of crisis, and he wonders how long he will need to stay home in response to rising coronavirus cases and lingering anti-Asian sentiment in the U.S.
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– Clarification by ICE on the Student and Exchange Visitor Program for Fall 2020:
– The Healthy Brown Program at Brown University:
Additional Links about Covid-19 and study in the U.S:
– Article by Nature on the withdrawal of policy relating to revoking student visas:
– Report by the San Francisco Chronicle on Asian-American racists incidents in relation to Covid-19:
– Article by The Verge on the visa policy, prior to the withdrawal:
– Article by The Straits Times on the visa policy:
– Article by The Cornell Daily Sun on the reversal of semester plans by Brown and UPenn:
– Ensemble Theatre @ Brown (Provided by Jared):
– Southeast Asian Studies Initiative (Provided by Jared):
– If you would like to contact Jared, you may drop us a message via Facebook.