Hello dear linguistics,
As well as I am a translator for Coursera, sometimes, when I have some free time, I also take some courses. In this ocassion, when I received an ad from "Michigan’s Online MPH: Scholarship Funding Still Available Through May 15"
, it made me feel really upset and dissapointed.
In this particular case, I have been dedicated to only translate medical field courses because that is my specialization area, and I am also an ATA member as well as an IAPTI member.
All of us worldwide linguistics that spend our time to volunteer, we have been doing it from the heart, for free, and we have accepted it like that.
What I do NOT accept, what I do NOT like and it should be UNACCEPTABLE is that Coursera offers education as the one I previously mentioned (this is the link: https://www.coursera.org/degrees/mph-umich?utm_medium=email&utm_source=marketing&utm_campaign=D-xHQHEMEem5a3PcVrpGrg) where ONLY will be accepted American students.
I always considered Coursera as a mean for education to reach a lot of people, that for some reasons, they cannot attend personally. But that global linguistics work for free for this platform and only "some" can benefit from this is totally condemnable.
I consider that the UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH should immediately correct this discrimination issue and make available for all the linguistics the free courses that they are offering.
I am writing here because I do not know to who exactly I should address this, but I am willing to know your opinion as well as COURSERA'S answer and apologize.
Finally, I have been considering that if COURSERA does not change its DISCRIMINATION and make it available for all foreigner linguistics, I will take the unfortunately decision to withdraw from tis team. I make a lot of effort for all only for a few that can get the benefits. THAT IS NOT FAIR!
I am looking forward hearing back from all of you.