Clark University President David Angel and his wife, Jocelyne Bauduy, were joined by several University staff and mentors as they formally welcomed 19 new Global Scholars to the Clark community during a reception on Sept. 3 at Harrington House.
The new students, who hail from 14 different countries, shared introductions and mixed with Global Scholars from previous classes and Clark mentors. The mentors are University staff and alumni who, as selected volunteers, offer general and personal guidance to the scholars. The mentors provide an informal network of support in addition to the students' faculty advisers.
More photos from the reception are on Clark's Flickr. Click here.
"One of the real joys of being at Clark is seeing the ways in which so many of you enrich our University — from your academic excellence to the way you throw yourselves into the life of the campus — and help make Clark the great place that it is," said President David Angel. "Jocelyne and I are international students ourselves; we came to the U.S. from other countries and we know how important it is to connect both with fellow international students and with people from all over the United States."
The Global Scholars Program builds on Clark University's long-standing commitment to providing a challenging education with a global focus. High school students who are not permanent residents or citizens of the United States, as well as U.S. citizens/permanent residents who reside overseas and will complete their entire secondary school education outside the United States are eligible to participate in the scholarship program. Candidates are outstanding students who are also deeply engaged in their school or local communities.
Global Scholar mentors include Mike Cole and Becky Frieden, of ITS, and Amy Daly Gardner, director of the OIA.
"These Global Scholars come to Clark with experience as leaders in their communities," said Amy Daly Gardner, director of the Office of Intercultural Affairs (OIA). "We are excited to welcome them and look forward to the contribution that they will make during their years here."
The Office of Intercultural Affairs develops and implements educational and co-curricular programs designed to heighten cultural awareness, appreciation of cultural diversity, and intercultural understanding for all students. The OIA also provides programs specifically to serve the needs of international students, researchers, and faculty through immigration advising and cultural adjustment programs.
The OIA staff advises more than 800 international students, faculty members, scholars, and their dependents from over 95 countries on matters relating to immigration as well as academic, social, financial, and personal concerns related to daily life in the United States.
For global insights and perspectives on Clark life and world affairs, check out the OIA student blog "Things That Matter."
Here is a list of the 2013–14 Global Scholars, their home countries, and Clark mentors, with departments:
- Hasini Assiriyage, of Sri Lanka; Colleen Dolan (Geography)
- Yousra Benchekroun, Morocco; Maria Cerce (Residential Life & Housing)
- Senegal Carty, Anguilla; Jessica Pelland (Office of Intercultural Affairs)
- Yuanzheng Chen, China/Switzerland; Patty Doherty (Office of Intercultural Affairs)
- Santiago Deambrosi, Argentina; David Everitt (Information Technology Services)
- Fileona Dkhar, India; Joanne Nash (Admissions)
- Shirin Esmaeili, El Salvador; Veda Genkos (Office of Intercultural Affairs)
- Sophia Graybill, Ethiopia; Dilma Lucena (Foreign Languages & Literatures)
- Min Ji Ha, S. Korea/Guatemala; Erika Paradis (International Development, Community & Environment)
- Turku Hasturk, Turkey; Brenda Nikas-Hayes (Geography)
- Elisabeth Kraaijenbrink, Netherlands; Mike Cole (Information Technology Services)
- Thabo Maphosa, Zimbabwe; Ethan Bernstein (Graduate Admissions)
- Tiang Maphosa, Zimbabwe; Amy Daly Gardner (Office of Intercultural Affairs)
- Zabrina Motwani, Ecuador; Becky Frieden (Information Technology Services)
- Trang Nguyen, Vietnam; Cynthia Pendelton (Business & Financial Services)
- Ji Won Park, South Korea; Amanda Popp (Graduate Admissions)
- Daniela Reyes Saade, El Salvador; Lisa Jano (Residential Life & Housing)
- Maria Solares, Guatemala; Andrea Allen (Education)
- Yukio, Burma; Jason Zelesky (Dean of Students Office)