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International students inspire others

At top from left to right are Mohamed Azuz,
Douwe Driehuis, Abdulwahid Khudhary; at bottom are
(left) Larissa Aguirre and Sondos Alhamad.

Several Grand Valley international students attended the first National Conference for International Students Organizations in Arkansas. The Laker delegates gave a presentation about leadership and student programming.

Douwe Driehuis (Netherlands), Abdulwahid Khudhary (Saudi Arabia), Sondos Alhamad (Saudia Arabia), Larissa Aguirre (Honduras) and Mohamed Azuz (Libya) attended the conference. Azuz said their presentation was met with great responses from students of other universities. The topic of the presentation was student leadership and campus programming.

“When we were presenting, we did not know what to expect from other schools,” said Azuz, vice president of the International Students Organization. “What was surprising was that people kept asking us further questions after our presentation about how we run our program.”

The conference was held March 15-17 at the University of Arkansas. More than 30 universities from across the country were represented; Grand Valley was the only school from Michigan to attend.

The International Students Organization is supported by the Padnos International Center and the trip to Arkansas was partially funded by the Office of Student Life. Because of the positive response the students received, the Grand Valley chapter is bidding to host the conference next year.

“Other students expressed interested in visiting Grand Valley,” said Azuz, a junior majoring in computer information systems. “We really want to host the conference next year and share with other universities the great things we’re doing.”

Azuz was one of a handful of international students from across the country selected to join the planning committee of the first National Conference for International Students Organizations.

“I’m glad I could represent Grand Valley,” said Azuz.

by DeLain Bomer III

This story was filed with the tags: Conference, International