In this info-packed episode, James sits down for a chat with fellow New Yorker, Jamar Whaley. Jamar shares his expat experience and talks about his observance on how people from low-socioeconomic classes are not offered or simply blocked from opportunities to study abroad and why this needs to be changed. Jamar often gives an emotional inter-personal perspective on his life abroad.
In this episode, you'll discover:
“The Importance of Overcoming Low-socioeconomic Barriers in the U.S. to Promote Educational Exchanges Abroad”
Jamar Whaley is an African-American Fullbright grant recipient now living and studying on a scholarship in Taipei, Taiwan. Jamar has a very interesting background. While studying Mandarin Chinese in Beijing, Jamar did research on the topic of Internet Addiction Disorder or IAD under Dr. Ran Tao. Dr. Tao is one of the leading authorities studying IAD. During Jamar’s research term in Beijing, he had the pleasant opportunity to meet the First Lady of the United States, Mrs. Michelle Obama when she gave a speech at Peking University in Beijing.
Jamar frankly shares his personal issues of coming from a low-socioeconomic neighborhood and entering college at what many people would consider the late age of 29. Also, he discusses the ordeals he had to face when learning he was the first person in his family to undergo surgery for cancer just before leaving for China. He also shares with James how he personally discovered the way current overseas education opportunities in the United States aren’t being openly offered to low-income and minority students. He passionately explains why he feels this is a negative trend that is hindering, or bluntly blocking, low-income and minority students from further developing their personal self-worth and expand their world-view.
Points to remember:
· Entered college at the age of 29
· Fullbright grant recipient
· Had an enlightening conversation with First Lady, Mrs. Michelle Obama
· Overcame challenges once learning he had cancer
Mentioned in this episode:
The Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) program is a special research training activity of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). The program goals are: To increase the number, and capabilities, of scientists from underrepresented minority groups who are engaged in biomedical research. To strengthen science curricula and research opportunities at institutes with substantial minority enrollment in order to prepare those students for research careers.
Now in its sixteenth year, ABRCMS is one of the largest, professional conferences for underrepresented minority students, military veterans, and persons with disabilities to pursue advanced training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
KIPP is a non-profit network of college-preparatory, public charter schools serving elementary, middle, and high school students. With a track record of preparing our students in educationally underserved communities for success in college and life.
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