By Stephen Bass, Yalla College Bound Manager November 20, 2017
On Tuesday, November 14th, Yalla’s College Bound senior Flora visited UCSD as a guest speaker for Professor Luz Chung’s course on “Language, Culture, and Education.”
Once on campus, Flora met with UCSD students from Professor Chung’s class, who gave her a tour of Price Center, Warren Mall, and Geisel Library. After the tour, Flora joined the students for their “Language, Culture, and Education” lecture, which covered the roles played by parental involvement and cultural expectations in education.
As part of the lecture, Flora spoke to the class of roughly 55 upperclassmen, sharing her background as a student in Iraq, a refugee, and finally as a high school student in El Cajon. Flora also discussed her experience as a religious minority in Iraq and introduced the students to the educational expectations for Iraqi women and to stereotypes that exist within the country.
Afterwards, Flora said, “I really liked speaking to the UCSD students. I think that the students were surprised to learn about different stereotypes within Iraq, as well as the stereotypes about students at El Cajon Valley High School. It was an experience that I’ll never forget.”
Her favorite part, though? “When I got to see Geisel Library, which to me was so beautiful!” Flora said.