From Instability at Home to Study Overseas

Posted by: The New York Times on Friday, June 7, 2019 at 12:00:00 am

In March 2017, Carol Reyes, global education director at Miami Dade College, organized what she called a “summit” to inform students on the benefits of studying abroad.

“We wanted to explain the importance of how it would enhance their education, the skills they would learn and so forth,” she recalled.

The afternoon of the event, she met a student in the halls and invited her. “I told her, ‘We have free dinner.’ Students love free food,” Ms. Reyes said.

The student agreed to attend, and expressed interest afterward in joining one of the classes going abroad that summer. At the end of the conversation, she told Ms. Reyes, “Oh by the way, I’m homeless, is that a problem?”

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Claudia Gourdet