In July 2020, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that international students taking all courses online during the pandemic will be considered to be in violation of their student visas, and must therefore leave the US immediately or face deportation. This news came as a shock to international students and university communities across the country. Drawing on my scholarly knowledge and my own my own experiences, I wrote an op-ed published in the Des Moines Register highlighting the harms of this proposed policy. Following public outcry, ICE soon revoked this decision.
Hansini Munasinghe. “Student ban will end the promise of a world-class education at Iowa’s public universities” Des Moines Register July 9, 2020. Op-Ed →
This project used data collected through surveys and listening sessions to understand issues around campus climate and diversity, equity, and inclusion faced by undergraduate students, graudate students, and faculty and staff at the University of Iowa. These findings informed the DEI strategic plan for the university. As part of this research team, I worked on analysis and presentation of quantitative and qualitative survey data and gained experience in public sociology and science communication.
Bruch, Sarah K, Rachel Maller, KaLeigh White, Hansini Munasinghe, and Camille Socares. 2019. “Undergraduate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Campus Climate Survey and Listening Sessions Report”. The University of Iowa. Report →
Bruch, Sarah K, Rachel Maller, KaLeigh White, and Hansini Munasinghe. 2019. “Graduate Student Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Campus Climate Survey and Listening Sessions Report” The University of Iowa. Report →
Bruch, Sarah K., KaLeigh White, Hansini Munasinghe, and Rachel Maller. 2019. “Faculty and Staff Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Campus Climate Survey and Listening Sessions Report” The University of Iowa. Report →
Working in collaboration with the Council on the Status of Women and the UI Public Policy Center at the University of Iowa, this project used survey data to examine experiences around parental leave among faculty and staff at the University of Iowa. As a member of this research team, I analyzed quantitative and qualitative data obtained from the survey and presented findings in a public forum.
Bruch, Sarah K, Hansini Munasinghe, and Yujia Lyu. 2017. “University of Iowa Parental Leave Survey Report”. Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Public Policy Center. Report →
“Parental-leave issues arise for UI faculty, staff: UI professor and grad students showcase statistics on parental leave.” (Daily Iowan April 3, 2017) Article →