August 14, 2020

International students exchange global ideas

BY N.H. Sajjad

Five International students from Northampton Community College made presentations to the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges ‘Global Student Conference 2020’ at Lafayette College on February 15.

They are Nur Hossain of Bangladesh, Juan Pablo Adames Castillo and Carmen Alcantara Tapia both of the Dominican Republic, Hellen Nyakundi of Kenya and Hajar Berziz of Morocco. 

A total of 32 participants from nine local colleges exhibited their presentations on global issues like Rohingya crisis in the third annual ‘Global Student Conference.’

The conference provides international students with participating in LVAIC colleges the opportunity to exchange global ideas, promote cultural awareness, and develop professional connections.

“As a Latino, I loved to talk about ‘The Power of Immigration’ in the United States,” said NCC freshman Juan Pablo who presented the poster titled “The Power of Immigration.”    

“People should know it [The Power of Immigration] to explain America as a country of immigration, which makes this country a great nation all over the world,” said Castillo. 

Another participant Hazar Berziz who displayed the poster titled “The Hijab,” said, “I just wanted to convey a message to the people that hijab is not something that is meant to oppress women but to empower them”.

“I chose to wear it, no one forced me to do so. But still, there is a stigma about the hijab,” she added. 

Before displaying posters, Dr. Markus Dubischar, Associate Dean of the Curriculum at Lafayette College, gave welcome remark while Farhan Ahmed, Group Technical Manager at Instagram, addressed this conference as the keynote speaker.  

Meanwhile, NCC has taken an initiative to share its LVAIC’s global conference posters to its campus on April 2 in the Laub Lounge.

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