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Enabling the wider community to help
nurture the acculturation process, on campus and beyond, brings enormous benefits.
Joyce Schwartz is board member and host
parent for New Story Leadership, which
brings Palestinian and Israeli students to
Washington, D.C. for a summer of internships and cross-cultural activities. "Virtually
every young person says the most important
part of the experience is the host family because of the personal connections."
The University of Illinois Springfield
hosts a weekly coffee hour for the campus
at large as well as "conversation partners"-
U.S. volunteer students who agree to meet
weekly with a particular international student. El-Akrich also recommends careful
selection of roommates for Middle Eastern
(and other) foreign students. As a student
himself, he remembers being paired with
an American who wouldn't communicate
with him at all. After three weeks, he found
alternative arrangements on his own. At
Bridgewater College, six American friends
Aseel Saied met in her freshman dorm have
become her strongest support group.

Syria Presents a Special Case
Perhaps no situation is more stressful right
now than that of Syrian students. One
young man blogged that "one year ago, I
was totally unaware of what the future was
holding for me. I didn't even know if I was
going to continue my study in my college or
to pause it until further notice...bombing
and fire shooting were happening constantly nearby my university...I knew nothing,
and everything was unpredictable." Now
this young man is studying at the Illinois
Institute of Technology (IIT), a founding
partner in the Syria Consortium for Higher
Education in Crisis, along with the Institute of International Education and Jusoor,
a support group of Syrian expatriates. IIT
welcomed more than two dozen Syrian
students even before the consortium was
organized; this year these Syrian students
are planning to organize an art exchange
program between Chicago elementary
schools and Syrian refugee camps.
More than 35 universities worldwide
have agreed to offer scholarships to Syrian
students whose education has been inter-

rupted by the crisis. "If every university
offers one scholarship to this vulnerable
population, we could protect this group,"
says Daniela Kaisth, vice president of the
Institute of International Education. "They
are the future leaders of the country."
Whether welcoming Syrian students in
the midst of a crisis or other Middle Eastern students with limited English and little
knowledge of U.S. culture, Portland State's
Kanaan offers four pieces of advice: create a
welcoming environment in a physical space
that includes artwork from student homelands; build a team of volunteer student
leaders who are native speakers of Arabic
or other Middle Eastern languages; be prepared to listen; and establish trust-"the
trickiest component of all. The first three
lead to this one."
"Cultural competency takes time on both
sides," he concludes. "Open the dialogue and
talk."
IE
KAREN LEGGETT is a freelance writer in
Washington, D.C. Her last article for IE was
"Spanning the GLOBE," which appeared
in the July/August 2013 issue.

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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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