Tianhong Zhang - Relationships among international and domestic students in secondary education settings
Tianhong is interested in the relationships among international and domestic students in secondary education settings, and how those relationships may best be cultivated. Historically, international students were afterthoughts for universities. They were welcome as revenue sources, but not particularly courted. Now recognized as a significant revenue stream due to growing number of international students over the decades, their presences on campuses had to be legitimated so that they were not simply seen as a money maker. Now these students are seen as a source of enriched campus diversity and a unique educational resource for domestic students. Unfortunately, international students often struggle as they lack infrastructure and support relationships on campus, and domestic students are not benefiting from international students because of the superficial nature of the interactions they share.