U.S. Journal of Academics
September 2017 
Addressing Trump's "Known Unknowns"

As the reality of the Trump Phenomenon settles in for international educators, it's prudent to consider three distinct phases of such phenomenon: From darkness, through fire, to light. Many colleagues would agree: We're enduring the heat of the flames at the moment.

But another interpretation of those three stages spins a more positive narrative, from Unknown Unknowns to Known Unknowns to Known Knowns. (I prefer to refer to Steven Poole's interpretation of this journey of scientific discovery in his best-seller, Re-Think, rather than Donald Rumsfeld's interpretation.)

Unknown Unknowns, Known Unknowns, and Known Knowns

I'd say we've reached the phase where we're emerging from total darkness around the current political scenario to some clarity around what we don't know -- which is in fact, real progress.

We know that the industry has been -- and will continue to be -- disrupted by the current administration (and a portion of the US population that supports them). We know we need to lead the critical charge against US isolationism, from a philosophical (defensive) perspective.

But there also needs to be a complementary charge on offense to address the known unknowns -- where leading international educators step up / lean in to drive a productive conversation with solutions that include deeper due diligence, more robust funds verification, and even establishing escrow accounts in some higher-risk jurisdictions.

Let's address those known unknowns by doing what we do best as international educators: Advance the notion of embracing the other. In this case, the "other" happens to be a guy with ideas very foreign to our own. Let's resist the temptation to actively dismiss a valuable learning / teaching opportunity.

Let's treat the Trump phenomenon like a study abroad experience.

We can find common ground across the political spectrum, in attracting the most academically-qualified and the most financially-qualified students and scholars, that will advance the US economy, while minimizing the risk of those student visa holders burdening our domestic resources.

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