Magazine article ASEE Prism

United We Stand

Magazine article ASEE Prism

United We Stand

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Hundreds if not thousands of students across the nation packed more than a suitcase full of clothes to go home this winter break. Boxes of bedding, computers, textbooks, stereos, and TV equipment littered the sidewalks in front of dormitories in mid-December, waiting to be put into storage for another semester. Another year. Another day that may never come.

Indeed, many schools felt the impact of September's terrorist attacks, as Middle Eastern students fled to their homes across the Atlantic and Arab Americans simply stayed home to avoid anti-Muslim retaliation. Five miles from the Pentagon building at American University in Washington, D.C., for example, 32 international students left, most returning to the Persian Gulf, within 10 days of the attacks.

But at City College, a City University of New York school located little more than two miles from Ground Zero in Manhattan, students have overcome fear, uncertainty, and homesickness to show the rest of the nation that they will not be intimidated. …

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