The World in Our Classrooms: An Inclusive Classroom Symposium

The University of Alabam now enrolls 517 international undergraduate students and 548 international graduate students and employs 308 international faculty and scholars.

How do their experiences in the classroom differ from others in the UA community?

How can UA ensure that the discourse and interactive environments in its classrooms are inclusive of their experiences and perspectives?

To help answer these and other questions, the Office for Academic Affairs, in collaboration with Capstone International Center and the Inclusive Classroom Initiative, invites faculty and staff to a panel featuring the perspectives of international faculty and students at UA.

The symposium will be held noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, in the Forum on the third floor of the Ferguson Center. Lunch will be provided. No RSVP is necessary.

This panel discussion will offer the insights of four international UA community members.

  • Sakina Dhondia is a junior double majoring in finance and economics. She serves as the vice president of the International Students Association and the director of cultural experience and diversity for the Honors College Assembly.
  • Dr. Nahree Doh is a licensed psychologist who has been working for the UA Counseling Center since 2014. In addition to providing individual counseling for students experiencing developmental and psychological concerns, she has facilitated a workshop for international students to enhance their success and growth in the U.S. academic environment.
  • Dr. Jef Naidoo is an assistant professor of management and the Derrell Thomas Faculty Fellow at UA. He previously worked at EY Consulting as a senior business reengineering and IT consultant.
  • Vitaliya Poklad is a Fulbright grantee from Belarus and graduate student and research assistant in the department of advertising and public relations. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Minsk State Linguistic University and has worked as an English language instructor.

The moderator will be Dr. Fran Oneal, former director of the UA International Honors Program and a current faculty member in the Capstone International Center. She taught at UA programs in the United Kingdom and Costa Rica, organized universitywide symposia on understanding Islam and served as a Fulbright Fellow to India.

The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.