Haris: An unforgettable road trip
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Haris: An unforgettable road trip

The Northwest Community College Initiative (NWCCI) program encourages our students to travel within the United States during their cultural exchange program. Here, Muhammad Haris reflects on his West Coast road trip.  Haris is a NWCCI participant  from Pakistan, who is studying project management at Edmonds Community College.  I had never visited another country before coming to the United … Continue reading

Haris: Democracy prevails in the United States
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Haris: Democracy prevails in the United States

A recent visit to the Washington State capitol buildings in Olympia inspired Haris Chaudhry to reflect on the true nature of democracy and the differences between the systems in his country and the United States. Haris is a Northwest Community College Initiative (NWCCI) student from Pakistan who is studying hospitality and tourism at Whatcom Community College. And if you can’t get enough Haris, … Continue reading

Shivani: Images of my time in the US
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Shivani: Images of my time in the US

Shivani, a participant in the Northwest Community College Initiative (NWCCI) program from India, is studying hospitality and tourism at Whatcom Community College. In addition to improving her writing skills, she’s passionate about photography. Here Shivani selects three images that capture the powerful experiences and relationships that have shaped her time on the CCI program. International … Continue reading

Noor: Gaining perspective through the Alpha course
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Noor: Gaining perspective through the Alpha course

Mohammed Noor Abir is a Northwest Community College Initiative (NWCCI) participant from Bangladesh, who is studying desktop support at Edmonds Community College.  Here he shares his original artwork and writes about the impact that a course at a local church had on how he thinks about religious communities that are different from his own. I belong to a Muslim community and I have a firm faith in … Continue reading

Rishali: Changing my thinking about Pakistan
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Rishali: Changing my thinking about Pakistan

One of the most powerful results of participating in the Northwest Community College Initiative (NWCCI) program is often an erosion of previously held stereotypes. Living in another country and interacting with “the other” allows us to make judgments based on our own experiences rather than messages we receive in the media. Rishali Srivastav, an Indian … Continue reading

Heri: A poem of spirit
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Heri: A poem of spirit

Heri Kurniawan, a Northwest Community College Initiative student  from Indonesia, is earning a certificate in Hospitality and Tourism at Whatcom Community College. As a result of his internship at Allied Arts, Heri has been tapping into his creative side. In this video reflection, Heri waxes poetic on lessons learned, facing each day with a smile, and how … Continue reading