Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (TLS)


Empowering Future Women Leaders through Academic Exchange: The Case of Pakistan

Thursday, November 14
8:30 AM - 9:45 AM
Location: Baltimore

The session will discuss political, social and cultural challenges women must overcome to participate in academic exchange opportunities. Presenters will focus on bringing awareness to the resources available to female high school students in Pakistan and the academically enriching experience short-term exchange programs can have on future women leaders within the respective region. The session will also discuss the value of pre-departure and upon-arrival orientation programs for international students. A case study conducted on participants of Summer Sisters Exchange operated by iEarn-Pakistan will be highlighted during this session.

Learning Objectives:

Shanza Qureshi

American University Washington College of Law

Shanza Qureshi is the Career Advisor for Humphrey fellows and international students at American University Washington College of Law. Previously, as the Associate Director of International Student and Scholar Services, she managed regulatory compliance and intercultural programs for students, faculty, and the greater university community.

Prior to joining American, Shanza promoted academic and cultural exchange for U.S. Department of State. She managed EducationUSA programs and developed strategic outreach for Fulbright programs. Additionally, Shanza has published research on sociocultural challenges international students face.

Shanza holds a master's degree in International and Comparative Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.


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Sana Uddin

Program Assistant
American University Kogod School of Business

Sana's passion for education and empowerment led her to pursue a career working as teacher in diverse classroom settings. The importance of education coupled with a love of travel inspired her to pursue her masters in international education. Throughout graduate school she was fortunate enough to engage in globally enriching experiences including taking part in an alternative break focused on Post-War conflict in Laos, providing support logistical support for exchange students visiting from Pakistan and serving as an adult mentor to high school students taking part in the Youth Ambassadors Program (YAP) in Brazil.


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