Community: Holiday Cheer for International Students
By Greta Petry (December 3, 2007)
Fathima Farheen (Photo by Mark Schmidt)
As the Holiday Season gets underway, Fathima Farheen and her colleagues are helping to build a sense of community among not only international students, but the entire University.
Fathima knows what it is like to be on campus for the holidays when everyone else has gone home. A graduate student in UAlbany's School of Public Health, Fathima was born and raised in Bangalore, India.
Seeing how the experience of winter far from home could be challenging for international students, Fathima decided to do something about it. After all, UAlbany's distinctive diversity brings with it an inherent need to respect other cultures and traditions.
Fathima, along with Annie Heavener of the International Student and Scholar Services unit, helped organize a standing-room-only Thanksgiving Day luncheon at a nearby hotel and extended invitations to students from 95 nations.
With the winter holidays approaching, UAlbany faculty and staff are supporting international and exchange students during the holidays by inviting them to their homes.