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FIUTS Students in the Husky 100

Posted by Ellen Frierson at Apr 24, 2018 03:59 PM |
We are proud to recognize the four FIUTS facilitators who have been selected as part of this year's Husky 100!

 

Established in 2015, the Husky 100 recognizes students from all three UW campuses who are making the most of their Husky Experience. FIUTS is so proud that four students who are active members of our community have been selected this year!

We asked Angel, Sarah, Kyki, and Henry to share how FIUTS has been a part of their UW experience. Here is what they had to say:


Angel Chen

"I transferred to University of Washington in the Fall of 2016. It was a rough transition for me. I knew nobody and was rejected by many RSOs and on-campus jobs because of lack of work experience. In the darkest period of my life, I joined FIUTS and started volunteering and making new friends. I taught Cantonese food culture at Beacon Hill Elementary school, met my cutest pen pals from the Pen Pal program, served as a panelist for incoming international students, and occasionally went to Wednesday Lunch to catch up with friends. FIUTS has taught me about the significance of giving back to the community, and the spirit of persistence and inclusion."

 

 

Sarah Duncan

"Thanks to FIUTS' excellent programming, dedicated staff, and welcoming community of students, I was afforded a friendly, nurturing environment to learn and grow as a leader. The confidence and cross-cultural understanding that I gained as a facilitator and student board member have been vital to my college experience and have prepared me to create change in my community, both locally and globally."

 

 

 

Jiaqi Kyki Li

"During my time at UW, FIUTS has been an essential organization that helped me cultivate my leadership, engage with community and build cross-cultural awareness and interdisciplinary skills. Through being a student board member, CulturalFest Performance co-chair, and lead facilitator, I learned to foster multicultural communities that celebrate individual cultural practices while bridging differences and making everyone feel valued and celebrated."

 

 

Henry Milander

"In the US we are often taught to aspire to become global leaders; however, it'd be arrogant to think we're leading the world for other countries and that we know how to solve their problems. For me, solving the world’s problems is all about collaboration, and the highlight of being a FIUTS facilitator has been the realization of just how important building collaboration is. It's not easy – the process is fraught with challenges in terms of power imbalances, cultural barriers, differing values and practices. Yet, in the context of any group decision that needs to be made, FIUTS gave me practice in collaborating and reaching a consensus."

 

Congratulations to these four students - and to ALL the incredible students who are doing amazing things on campus and in the community. We're so proud to have all of you as part of FIUTS!

Interested in getting involved with FIUTS to build your leadership ability and make cross-cultural connections? Learn more about becoming a FIUTS Facilitator here.

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