Scholarships and fellowships are some of the initiatives Hogan wants to look into.

Governor Larry Hogan is considering establishing a fellowship or fellowship at the University of Maryland Journalism College to encourage Asian American students to participate in journalism.

The journalism college enrolls just under 500 undergraduate students, said university dean Lucy Dalglish, and about 7% identify as Asian.

Hogan’s announcement came at a press conference in November, following an increase in anti-Asian hate crimes over the past year and a half, including several robberies at restaurants owned by Asians in Howard County, Maryland during the Lunar New Year.

Hate crimes in Maryland targeting Asian Americans have more than doubled since 2018 and are up 150% nationally last year, according to Hogan.

“Nearly a third of all Asian Americans say they have experienced some form of discrimination since the COVID-19 pandemic began last year,” Hogan said.

In addition to exploring a scholarship or potential fellowship, the Maryland State Department of Education will work to develop course offerings for Maryland State teachers on Asian American history, said Hogan.

“Our Asian American community has faced challenges worse than they’ve seen in decades,” Hogan said. “The actions we are announcing here today are just the beginning. We will use every tool at our disposal to help provide additional protection to those affected by these crimes.

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Frankie Wong, a doctoral candidate in journalism at this university and an international student from Hong Kong, said that some of his friends had experienced “suspicious situations”.

However, they don’t know how to classify encounters, he said. Wong had been in situations where he felt discriminated against, but wasn’t sure if the behavior was racially motivated.

“Sometimes it’s hard for people to identify a hate crime because you don’t really know if race is the main reason for the mistreatment people are facing,” Wong said.

The governor’s office is still discussing possible scholarships with the university system, said Michael Ricci, director of communications for Hogan. They hope to have more information in the near future, he said.

Sohana Nasrin, a doctoral student in journalism, said she appreciated Hogan’s advocacy for a scholarship to the journalism college.

“I noticed that there are many scholarships for students studying STEM subjects. They also get a lot of money from industry,” Nasrin said. not really many opportunities compared to other areas.”

However, Dalglish said she and her staff have yet to hear about the scholarship from the Governor’s Office. As a result, she has “no idea” how the scholarship works, but said she supports anything that creates a scholarship for journalism students.

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The journalism school is still trying to attract a more diverse student population, Dalglish said. Recruiters try to attend as many conventions hosted by groups such as the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists as possible, according to Dalglish.

“We know a lot of these students need scholarships, so we’re doing everything we can to find scholarships for all of our students,” Dalglish said.

The journalism school also hired Aaron Guillermo Vogel as its first diversity and inclusion program coordinator in November. Vogel will strive to incorporate elements of diversity, equity and inclusion into college coursework, Dalglish said.

Jamie Lin Pinzon, a journalism and German studies major, notes the lack of Asian students in her journalism classes. She wants more Asian voices to be heard in newsrooms, she said.

“Sometimes when we present stories, not many people would be interested in the Asian topic,” Pinzon said. “Some people might not want to go cover stories on these topics.”

Nasrin is an international student from Bangladesh. She said the journalism school’s graduate student population is diverse, but generally few international students go on to study journalism and media.

She never felt invisible or neglected at journalism college, she said, but she considers herself part of a minority group when considering larger-scale journalism studies.

“It is extremely important that as journalists and journalism scholars we represent our communities,” Nasrin said.

CORRECTION: Due to a reporting error, an earlier version of this story misstated one of Jamie Lin Pinzon’s majors. Pinzon is studying journalism and Germanic studies, not journalism and drama. This story has been updated.

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