Friendship Within and Across Borders
Perceptions of Social Networks Among First-Year International Students of Color
Keywords:international students of Color, social networks, first-year, predominantly white institutions, language
Establishing social networks can be extremely challenging when international students, particularly those of color, move to a new academic and social environment. We examine the perceptions of social networks among first-year international students of color and how these networks affect their experiences at a predominantly White institution (PWI). This study illuminates participants’ relationships with U.S. domestic students and the power of language, culture, and shared experiences through a longitudinal narrative inquiry. Implications for practice and recommendations for future research are described in-depth for practitioners.
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