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Kanaan helped Portland State personalize its approach to communicating with
Middle Eastern students. "We rely on
15-minute appointment slots and e-mail to
be efficient," says Van Dyck, "but efficient
wasn't reaching anybody." Kanaan is deputizing his best students, including those who
are leaders of the various nationality clubs
on campus, to share important messages
within each national group. At Michigan
State, sponsored student coordinator Nicole Namy has empowered student leaders
to "be the voice for us...both in conveying

messages as well as helping new students
over rough spots...When a student is exhausted by communicating in a second
language," says Namy, "it's nice to come
across someone who can communicate in
your home language." At the University of
Virginia, that someone could be a member
of the Middle East Mentoring Program,
which provides one-on-one mentoring for
foreign and U.S. students of Middle Eastern
heritage. Saudi-born MEMP board member
Mohammed ShaVi bursts with welcoming enthusiasm in his online introduction:

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Avoiding the Isolation
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It is easy for large groups of foreign students,
especially if they come from a single country
or region, to become isolated. "The chances
for ghetto-ization grow as numbers grow,"
notes Carter at the State Department. To
discourage what she calls cocooning, Namy
encourages all students to make friends outside their cultural group. "The students who
find it most difficult to interact would be
Saudi women who wear niqab, (covering all
but their eyes). That is a hard cultural barrier for domestic students," she says. "But
we don't want cultural nuances to prevent
success. Our goal is never to change people."
Mody Alkhalaf, assistant attaché for cultural and social affairs at the Saudi Arabian
Cultural Mission, says Saudi students are
encouraged to step outside their comfort
zone in predeparture orientation sessions
in Saudi Arabia and in online videos. She
says Saudi women students may need special help with child care and family housing.
Saudi women often come to campus with a
husband and children or a brother or other
family member. Residence halls at Michigan State are now accommodating these
married students with families. During the
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International Educator - November/december 2013
Contents
From the Editors
In Brief
Core Values
Reawakening Higher Education in Iraq
University of South Florida: What's in a Name? The World
Foreign Student Affairs
View From Out Here
Forum
In Focus
Supplement
When a Student Dies Abroad
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International Educator - November/December 2013 - In Brief
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International Educator - November/December 2013 - View From Out Here
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International Educator - November/December 2013 - Forum
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International Educator - November/December 2013 - In Focus
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International Educator - November/December 2013 - Supplement
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