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ership Retreat for International Women.
Held in nearby New Harmony-the site of
two former Utopian experiments-"it has
a certain spiritual quality that transcends
cultural and religious boundaries," says
Heidi Gregori-Gahan, assistant provost at
the Center for International Programs. She
says the program has had a "huge impact
in terms of empowerment and skill building," and led to the creation of a campus
organization dedicated to educating and
empowering girls and women from developing countries. The university also makes
available a training video to help campus
police improve communication with Muslim and Arabic-speaking students.
Bryn Mawr hires a few students as
facilitators for its StoryCore program (Connecting Over Reflection and Experiences).
Students are invited to talk in small groups
about whether they feel included on campus
and how their experience could be improved.

"It's a safe, intimate opportunity for peer-topeer discussions," explains Christman.
Increased cultural awareness and sensitivity must be built in to programs across the
campus. "This should not be just the job of the
international office," advises Benhaida at Kent
State. "Mobilize the whole campus community
and even the city. We invite the appropriate
city agency to campus meetings about bus
transportation or housing." She has noticed
more departments hiring people to work with
international students in that department.
Faisal Alshammeri suggests that universities
hire Saudi students to work as liaisons in the
international student office. Kent State's College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability,
and Technology planned an international luncheon to wish everyone good luck on exams.
The College of Business Administration pairs
international students with a domestic mentor.
Integrating and welcoming students
can be a balancing act, with the university

demonstrating flexibility, awareness, and
sensitivity and students showing determination and openness. "I didn't expect the
university to do anything special for me because I am Middle Eastern," said Hallaba at
the University of Maryland. "I knew I would
have to put forth the effort myself."
Lobna Ismail has asked students about to
return home to write one piece of advice on
an index card for the next year's students. A
common sentiment? "This will be the toughest year and the best year of your life." IE
KAREN LEGGETT is a freelance writer in
Washington, D.C. Her last article for IE was
"Ecuador Invests in English," which appeared in
the annual intensive language supplement that
accompanied the November/December 2015
issue.

(Endnotes)
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Open Doors, the annual report published by the
International Institute of Education that is supported by
a grant from the Bureau of Bureau of Educational and
Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

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