AVID Global Experience
ISS has partnered with Doolen Middle School to bring international students into the community and into classrooms.
These visits are part of the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) initiative that focuses on improving college-readiness. AVID’s mission is “to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.”
International students have presented to eager middle school students on topics such as their home country, culture, why they chose to attend the UA, their majors (including a performance by Music majors seen below), and even Earth Day.
Read more about what an international student had to say about his participation: I am grateful for the opportunity of sharing our stories with students at Doolen Middle School in Tucson, Arizona. I think the experience proves that honest, respectful and meaningful intergenerational conversations can foster empathy and understanding among nations and contribute towards the creation of a culture of peace. I feel that more than motivating students towards taking their studies more seriously, the conversation led to broader understanding and I think that is invaluable.
If you are an international student interested in participating, please email Noelle Sallaz.