Snapshots of the Friday Potluck Supper with Foreign Students on April 20, 2007
The Middlebury Branch members provided a plentiful
pot luck supper and here are enjoying some of the fruits of their own labor.
We ate, talked, and bought 33 pairs of colorful socks so that Middlebury College student Ari Gimbel could attend the AAUW Student Leader Conference in Washington.
Then Jean Andrews introduced the Middlebury College foreign students who were going to talk to us.
We heard the life stories and a description of the difficulties they experienced in their home countries from Middlebury College students from Zambia and Afghanistan. Their photos have not been published at their request.
Thu Thi Thanh Phung from Vietnam spoke about the difficulty of obtaining a good college education in Vietnam as a female.
Emily Theriault and Hallie Fox reported on the successful Campus
Action Project at Middlebury College that was funded by AAUW. The project focused on pay equity and creating women friendly work places. It ended with a policy writing work shop.
The final speaker was Htar Htar Yu from Burma. We were deeply affected by her description of growing up in the jungle hiding from ethnic violence. Htar Htar has sought asylum in the United States and can not go back.