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MHC Delegation Heads to United Arab Emirates

  Students
(From left) Molly Aplet '06, Katie Kraschel '06, Nicole Tuma '07, and Emily Freeman '07 (photo by Donna Cote)

A delegation of four Mount Holyoke students has been invited by Dubai Women's College (DWC) in the United Arab Emirates to run a leadership training program from December 31 to January 4. DWC received a grant from the U.S. State Department's Middle East Partnership Initiative to finance the training. The group, along with Beth Gibney Boulden, associate director of student programs, will work with the Dubai Women’s College student council for four days, exploring opportunities for leadership within the school and offering a training program that they can adjust and replicate for their own students.

The MHC students—Katie Kraschel '06, Molly Aplet '06, Nicole Tuma '07, and Emily Freeman '07—were selected because of their leadership experience and expertise in parliamentary procedure. Kraschel is president of Mount Holyoke's Student Government Association (SGA) and was captain of the MHC soccer team for two years. Aplet is SGA public relations officer and served as SGA parliamentarian for three years. Tuma is chair of the Student Advisory Board for the Center for Global Initiatives and has served as the political action chair for the Association of Pan African Unity, public relations chair for the Economics Club, and campus liaison for the Debate Team. Freeman is the chair of the Model United Nations team.

The MHC delegation is looking forward to the trip, especially the opportunity to help DWC students develop an active and participatory student council that plays an advocacy role for the entire student body. According to the grant proposal, the MHC student leaders will help empower the DWC student council "to teach other students through assemblies and discussion groups about what it means to be a female leader, what their role is on campus, and how women can begin to change society by working together to resolve issues and introduce ideas and concepts even at the college level."

Tuma hopes that the MHC delegation "has room" to make an impact. "I want to be culturally sensitive and meet the Dubai students on common ground," Tuma said. Freeman, who lived in the United Arab Emirates for two years, "wants to engage the [DWC students] in a conversation about democracy and help them figure out what would work best for their situation, which is very different than ours here."

During a December 13 send-off for the group, Center for Global Initiatives director Eva Paus urged the student leaders to "bring sufficient humility, an open mind, and the ability to listen" as they train the Dubai students. "Make sure the workshop is interactive and the learning experience is mutual," Paus said.

"MHC has empowered me as a woman and as a leader," Kraschel said. "I hope that we can do the same for the students at Dubai Women's College." View the students profiles....

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