MSU Provost eliminates terms “foreign” and “alien”

Published: Oct. 23, 2020 at 7:55 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Michigan State University Provost Teresa Woodruff announced the end of using the terms “foreign" and "alien”.

According to The Morning Watch MSU, Woodruff said the following when addressing the Associated Students of MSU general assembly on Thursday, October 22:

“We will eliminate from our collective lexicon the words ‘alien’ and ‘foreign.’ Instead, we’ve adopted non-pejorative terms that describe geography.”

Instead of using “foreign” and “alien,” Provost Woodruff suggested the usage of “non-domestic” or “international.” Woodruff said she did this to help create a more inclusive environment.

Additionally, Woodruff shared that the terminology change is because of the MSU Office of the Provost and came through the Dean’s Council.

Also, the federal government has been notified about said changes.

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