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Welcoming Dialogue on Nationality Bias


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About This Course:

This To Be Welcoming course explores bias on the basis of national origin--a less understood area of bias, but still an identity protected under United States law. We begin with key terms like nationality, followed by a video module featuring faculty experts answering commonly asked questions. Next, we provide context by exploring what it means to be biased about national origin in context, looking at media, nationalism in society, and how national origin intersects with race and class. We conclude with points for starting your own discussions on nationality bias and considering appropriate responses.


English proficiency

Prior to taking this course, it is highly recommended that you complete TBW100, To be Welcoming: Foundational Course. The Foundational course will provide you with the context and vocabulary necessary to make the most out of this course.


Meet Your Instructors

Dr. Jessica Solyom
Associate Research Professor - School of Social Transformation Arizona State University

Jessica Solyom, Ph.D., received her doctorate in Justice and Social Inquiry from Arizona State University. She has worked in research, program development, and program evaluation for postsecondary institutions in promoting diversity in curriculum, pedagogy, and classroom management for over 10 years. Her research focuses on diversity, belonging, and justice. Her scholarly publications have explored the justice-related struggles of historically underrepresented students including explorations of race and gender in student leadership, persistence for students of color in predominantly white postsecondary settings, and education rights activism among Indigenous college students. She is currently an Associate Research Professor and teaches courses on Research and Inquiry, Critical Race Theory, and Indigenous Knowledge Systems. Dr. Solyom serves as a mentor at the Center for Indian Education (ASU) in preparing and training rising students of color as community embedded researchers and servant-leaders.

Nicholas Bustamante
J.D./Ph.D. Student - Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law School of Social Transformation

Nicholas is a current joint law and doctoral student in Justice and Social Inquiry at Arizona State University. He has worked in research focused on the school to prison pipeline in Arizona for Native, Latino, and African American Students. In 2017-2018 he co-developed a critical legal studies program for first generation students interested in a legal career. Scholarly publications have focused on critical race theory, education, ethnic studies and Indigeneity. His doctoral research focuses on surveillance technologies and privacy rights for communities in the southwestern borderlands. Nicholas also volunteers at local immigration initiatives.

Dr. Karen Taliaferro
Assistant Professor - School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership Arizona State University

Karen Taliaferro (Ph.D. Government, Georgetown University) is a Political Theorist specializing in the history of political thought and the interplay of religion, law, and politics. Her teaching and scholarly publications focus on the classical sources of contemporary political norms in both Western and Islamic texts; she is especially interested in the role of pluralism, broadly understood, in democratic thought. A Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Karen has held fellowships at Princeton University and Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service-Qatar.