To examine the mental health experiences of international graduate students of Color (IGSC) as they navigate through a multitude of systemic barriers, the researchers interviewed eight IGSC in the U.S. Adopting a critical race perspective, the researchers sought to address a persistent gap in the counseling literature, and explore how systemic influences of racism, xenophobia, and discriminatory policies impacted the mental health of IGSC. Three distinct themes emerged from phenomenological analysis of the participants’ interviews in the current study: cross-cultural challenges, surviving racism and anti-immigrant sentiment, and mental health and wellness. Implications for how professional counselors can support IGSC as they navigate through multiple challenges are emphasized.
International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling
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Anandavalli, S., Borders, L. D., & Kniffin, L. E. (2021). “Because Here, White is Right”: Mental Health Experiences of International Graduate Students of Color from a Critical Race Perspective. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, 43(3), 283–301. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10447-021-09437-x