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Hope P Umansky PhD - Adjunct Faculty

Hope P Umansky - PhD - Adjunct Faculty

Hope P Umansky PhD – Adjunct Faculty

Adjunct Faculty

Hope P. Umansky, also professionally known as Dr. Hope, has a diverse professional and educational background in language arts and psychology, although Dr. Hope’s true love is educating students in the field of communications, English literature & writing, and the humanities. Dr. Hope holds a Master of Arts in Liberal Arts (MALS) in English literature from Reed College, specifically in American culture, and she has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from Scripps College. Although her passion has always been in education and writing, Dr. Hope also holds MA & Ph.D. degrees in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in Teaching & Learning, from California Institute for Human Studies. Previously, she has worked clinically, but she always returns to academia. Dr. Hope has extensive experience teaching language arts and the humanities, and her passion is to teach students how to communicate effectively and engage in the learning process. Throughout her 26 year career, Dr. Hope has taught language arts from middle to high school, and she has been in higher education at the college and graduate level since 2007. Dr. Hope is also a professional writer, public speaker, and media expert on American culture and how it shapes our identities and lives, personally, within society, and globally and has an educational consulting company, Innovations: Education Advocacy Group, Inc. She is based at the San Diego campus.

The Trump administration abandons a plan to strip visas from international students taking only virtual courses.

 July 14, 2020

From the New York Times.

For your information while we await official word from SEVP.

The Trump administration has walked back a policy that would have stripped international college students of their U.S. visas if their coursework was entirely online, ending a proposed plan that had thrown the higher education world into turmoil.

The policy, announced on July 6, prompted an immediate lawsuit from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and on Tuesday, the government and the universities reached a resolution, according to the judge overseeing the case.

The agreement reinstates a policy implemented in March amid the pandemic that gave international students flexibility to take all their classes online and remain legally in the country with student visas.

“Both the policy directive and the frequently asked questions would not be enforced anyplace” under the resolution, Judge Allison Burroughs said, adding that the agreement applied nationwide.

The initial guidance, issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, would have required foreign students to take at least one in-person class or leave the country. Students who returned to their home countries when schools closed in March would not have been allowed back into the United States if their fall classes were solely online.

The higher education world was thrown into disarray, with most colleges already well into planning for the return to campus in the fall. Two days after it was announced, Harvard and M.I.T. filed the first of several lawsuits seeking to stop it.

The attorneys general of at least 18 states, including Massachusetts and California, also sued, charging that the policy was reckless, cruel and senseless. Scores of universities threw their support behind the litigation, along with organizations representing international students.

On Tuesday, more than a dozen technology companies, including Google, Facebook and Twitter, also came out in support of the Harvard and M.I.T. lawsuit, arguing the policy would harm their businesses.

“America’s future competitiveness depends on attracting and retaining talented international students,” the companies said in court papers.

John Tucker
Chancellor
Southern States University

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