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Insight Into Diversity Features ISP's Story  The Iraqi Student Project: Helping Refugees from a War-Torn Country Get a College Education   By Michael Rainey

Art: A Bridge To Baghdad
Zainab is an Iraqi artist. While visiting her son (an ISP student) in the US, she created several ceramic sculptures. They were left in the care of the DePaul ISP Support Group with the hope that they could be used to raise awareness of the Iraqi Student Project. We are actively seeking venues for display and will gratefully entertain requests from colleges, libraries or galleries.  Read more . . .

Repairers of the Breach
September/October 2009
A program that educates Iraqi students in the U.S. is helping to rebuild Iraq, one student at a time, by Rosalie Riegle.

Learning to Rebuild

December 28, 2009
“A grassroots non-profit called the Iraqi Student Project, run by two Americans based in Syria,helped 14 displaced Iraqi students study at U.S. colleges last school year—it’s helping 21 morestudents this year. It arranges tuition waivers, raises funds for living expenses, and organizes asupport network of people to help the Iraqi students negotiate life in America. One of these students started his freshman year at Goucher College in Towson in August—Sheilah talked to him in September. His name is Ahmed. They were joined by Alessandra Manfre, director of the Iraqi Student Project Baltimore.”

The Iraqi Roadtrip Radio Project
August 2009
Narrators Fouad, 19, and Ahmed, 18, are from Baghdad and were forced to flee Iraq after militia threats. For the past two years they've been living in Syria, where they joined the Iraqi Student Project. The ISP is an American organization that helps young Iraqis whose education has been interrupted by war to study in the States, where colleges give them a free education if they can score high enough on their English entry tests. This piece is based on an project completed by ISP students for a writing class.

Project Aims to Bring Iraqi Students to U.S. Colleges
June 4, 2008
Among the casualties of the war in Iraq have been students and academics. Hundreds of professors have been killed, and sectarian violence has kept thousands of students from going to local universities. The Iraqi Student Project, a program founded last year by educators in the United States and Syria, is now working to relocate some of those Iraqi students to American colleges. However, even the idea of bringing in a handful of these students has met with some resistance.

Iraqi Student Solidarity Committee
May 23, 2008
It's been called the cradle of civilization and the birthplace of algebra, modern medicine and astronomy. Yet modern-day Iraq can no longer educate most of its young people. A group in the U.S. called the Iraqi Student Project is trying to help - by securing tuition waivers at colleges and universities here. And it looks like The Evergreen State College in Olympia will be one of the first state schools in the nation to take part. A group of students there has been working hard to make it possible for a counterpart from Bagdad to start attending Evergreen this fall.

Overseas Education
March 21, 2009
There are more than a million Iraqi refugees in Syria. Many of them are young and now facing the question: where can they attend college, and how can they afford it? An American couple is helping these college-bound young people find a way to get an education here in the U.S. Will Everett reports from Damascus.

Iraqi Voices Amplification Project

November 5, 2009
The Iraqi Voices Amplification Project team journeyed from Damascus, Syria, south to the ancient city of Bosra. The team was accompanied by a group of young adults from the Iraqi Student Project.

Happy Birthday Pete Seeger!
May 3, 2009
Iraqi student Taif Jany gives Pete Seeger a gift: the words to the famous Woody Guthrie song"This Land is Your Land", as adapted by Iraqi refugee students in Damascus, Syria. The occasionis Pete Seeger's 90th birthday celebration, May Day 2009, with friends and local musicians atthe Beacon Sloop Club on the Hudson River. The audience sings along with Pete and Taif, arefugee from Baghdad. Taif, now attending Union College in Schenectady, NY, is part of the Iraqi Student Project.

Notes for Peace
March 27, 2009
A group of the Iraqi college students that FLYP followed this fall gathered in New York last weekfor a benefit concert featuring performances by The Kinan Azmeh Quartet (led by Syriansuperstar Azmeh and Karam Salem, a pianist and member of the Iraqi Student Project (ISP)who is currently studying at Holy Cross College.

Coming to America: From Damascus to the Dorm
January 30-Feb 12, 2009
A film interviewing Taif and Farah, two Iraqi students currently studying in the United States,providing insight into the personal side of the Iraqi Student Project.

Coming to America: Families Split Apart
January 30-Feb 12, 2009
To protect their visa status, the ISP students are discouraged from leaving the U.S. for fouryears. Meet some of the parents and children who are making the sacrifice of living separately.

Iraqi Student Project Winter Gathering
January 19, 2009
Fourteen Iraqi students gather in South Bend Indiana over the winter holidays to share reflections on their experiences from their first semester in colleges across the United States.

January 11, 2009
The American occupation of Iraq has had catastrophic costs for the Iraqi people, destroyingtheir everyday lives, their security and their future. The UNHCR estimates that 5 million Iraqishave been displaced by the war. More than 1.3 million Iraqis are now living in Syria, many ofthem in neighborhoods of Damascus.

The filmmakers journeyed to Damascus in 2008 to collect interviews with some of these Iraqirefugees, returning six months later for followup interviews. This is the first in a series of shortfilms introducing audiences to the individual stories of Iraqi families broken by the war."Iraqi Refugee Ikhlass" focuses on one Iraqi survivor and her two young daughters. Ihklassrecounts the tragic story that determined her fate as a refugee, and speaks out against theAmerican occupiers who destroyed her world. This surviving small family continues to seekresettlement in a third country.