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FOREIGN STUDENT AFFAIRS

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Tesbih Habbal, a student from Syria, participates in a diversity fair at Southern Illinois University
Edwardsville.

more homework. At home, the final exam
is important and sometimes they don't even
care whether you attend the class. At first,
I thought 'how will I do all of that?'" She
found it helpful to have thorough orientations about classroom expectations as well
as encouragement to speak with individual
professors. Hallaba soon began to appreciate the opportunity to show her creativity in
classroom projects.

Raising Cultural Awareness
Through Faculty Workshops
and Events
At Kent State University, Benhaida's Office of
Global Education offers faculty workshops
on teaching in a multicultural classroom. A
professor may think a young woman from
Saudi Arabia isn't a good student when she
may simply be uncomfortable working on a
mixed-gender team or be unaccustomed to
speaking up in class. "Start by letting them
work in groups with other women at first,"
Benhaida tells professors. "Create a platform
to encourage participation."
An increasingly popular strategy is offering small, women-only discussions and
events. Several campuses hold women-only
swim nights and classes. "You don't have
to be Muslim to appreciate it," notes Bryn
Mawr's Vanessa Christman. Catrina Salama,
a multicultural counselor at Southern Illinois University, facilitates a weekly Women
of Color Support group. "They benefit from
a safe, nonjudgmental space to discuss their
opinions and talk about discrimination they
may be facing." Sometimes the women talk
about missing their families back home or
even disagreeing with them. "The women
students tend to be more progressive so
school is their number one priority, but that
may not match their families' priorities for
them," adds Salama. At Southern Illinois, Sandra Tamari, whose background is Palestinian
Christian, will speak with students in Arabic,
especially about personal issues-though she
prefers English for academic discussions.
The University of Southern Indiana
holds an annual two-night Global Lead-

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"It's not only about education...we have
very good universities in the Kingdom but
this is a full package experience. At one point
I had 15 women presidents of these clubs,"
says Alshammeri. He counsels women students to get involved and speak directly to
professors or the international student office if they are having problems. Advisers
should be prepared to address problems that
are not purely academic. Saudi women typically come with a father, brother, or husband
who is granted the same scholarship and often children as well: mothers may need help
finding and understanding child care in the
United States. Women and couples may
need suggestions and opportunities to meet
U.S. students casually without going to bars.
Some problems emanate from the
structure of U.S. classes. Egyptian sophomore Farah Hallaba at the University of
Maryland notes how different the academic
culture here is. "It's a bigger courseload and


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Toward a Better World
Tech Abroad
The University of Virginia Seeks to Emulate Its Founder
Frontlines
In Brief
Global Spotlight
Education Abroad
Foreign Student Affairs
International Enrollment
View From Out Here
Forum
In Focus
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