Suzanne Steadman managed the Office of International Student Programs for her entire ASU career. She came to ASU in 1971 and retired in 2001. The interview addresses a wide range of issues associated with international students and how she addressed them. The common thread throughout the interview is Suzanne’s desire to help the students succeed, academically and personally. Part I discusses several pre-ASU experiences. Parts II & III discuss the work of the office and things done to help ensure student success. Part IV discusses the impact of nine world events on ASU and ASU students. Part V has six student related stories.
- Steadman, Suzanne
Interview Outline I. Pre-ASU Years (00:18) a. Introduction (00:26) b. Growing Up in Switzerland – language / schools (01:18) c. Europe to UCLA to Australia to ASU (03:59) d. Getting Position at ASU (05:55) II. International Student Programs (07:05) a. Program Responsibilities (07:10) b. Growth of Program (09:43) c. Immigration Administration – relationship / technical aspects (11:04) d. Host Families (15:31) e. Loved Job - Staff / Students (17:29) III. Focus on Students (18:32) a. Reacting to International Events (18:42) b. Meeting & Helping Students (19:19) c. Building Coalitions within ASU (20:55) d. Embracing Cultural Diversity (22:08) IV. Impact of International Events (23:41) a. 1973-1979 OPEC Embargo (24:22) / Lebanon War (25:53) / Iran (26:47) b. 1989-1944 Tiananmen Square (31:04) / Gulf War (32:25) / End of Apartheid (34:44) c. 1997-2001 Financial Collapse in Asia (36:36) / 911 (37:35) / Berlin Wall Comes Down (41:45) V. Other Student Stories (42:35) a. Scholarship for Chilean Student (42:45) b. Chinese Students at ASU (46:04) c. Students from India (50:22) d. Undocumented Students (53:45) e. Student accused of cheating (55:49) f. Well known Students (57:07) VI. Closing Stories (58:52) a. Arabian American Oil Company (Aramco) Events (58:57) b. In Retirement (1:01:20)
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Steadman, Suzanne. Interview. 19 June 2014. ASURA Video History Project. © Arizona Board of Regents. https://hdl.handle.net/2286/R.I.63114