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mentor picture Jenny Samaan
 
Jenny Samaan
Founding Director, Global Health Learning Opportunities (GHLO)
Association of American Medical Colleges
Jenny has served as director of the Office of International Education (formerly Office of International Affairs) since 1997. The office liaises with campuses to promote international partnerships and exchange agreements, serves as... Jenny has served as director of the Office of International Education (formerly Office of International Affairs) since 1997. The office liaises with campuses to promote international partnerships and exchange agreements, serves as the chief international protocol resource for visiting delegations and sponsors visiting scholars and international employees. Jenny joined UH in 1992 as the Hilo campus’s first coordinator of international student services. She draws on international education experience at seven institutions, where she held responsibilities that included admissions, student services, exchange agreements, study abroad and administration of English as a Second Language programs. Jenny holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and French, a Master’s degree in international affairs from Ohio University, and a PhD in higher educational administration with a focus on internationalization, from UH Manoa. She is a member of the NAFSA: Association for International Educators training corps and a member of the Association of International Education Administrators. She represents UH on the Consular Corps of Hawai‘i maintaining global professional partnerships and linkages.

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  1. Having studied and traveled abroad extensively has helped me in a number of ways. First of all, it has provided me with an up-close look at how people around the world regard the world- what they value, how they live, how they go about daily life and how they think. All of this puts into perspective that on this globe there are many different ways of approaching life. This I have found humbling and very important as I interact with others from other countries. I am most mindful that the way I think, act and behave may have very different meanings elsewhere. Additionally, by being in a country where English is not widely spoken or where I do not speak the language reminds me how challenging it is for international students and scholars who come to the U.S. It has given me a great deal of admiration and patience when interacting with non-native English language speakers. By studying and traveling, I have found that my sense of who I am and where I belong has vastly expanded. Yes, I live in the United States but I view myself as part of humanity. I am therefore greatly distressed when there is an international disaster where lives are lost and the American media reports American fatalities. A loss of life is tragic, regardless of where it happens. I firmly believe these kinds of sensibilities are only genuinely raised by putting oneself out of one's comfort zone. Experiencing new places, different people and cultures is critical to developing global competence, a critical skill needed for the future.
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