The Student Issue

University Arabic students have limited opportunities to learn and converse in colloquial Arabic

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The Family Issue

Recently arrived refugee and immigrant families face linguistic, cultural, and social obstacles when they join their new communities in the US

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جيران / Jiran

Jiran (جيران) pairs college Arabic students with recently arrived Arabic-speaking families for a summer of language and cultural exchange focused on connecting families with their new community

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Jiran (جيران) is an Arabic summer program that focuses on colloquial Arabic learning, intercultural competence development, and refugee resettlement/immigrant issues in the United States. The program pairs Arabic students with underserved Arabic-speaking families in New Britain, Connecticut for an intensive linguistic and intercultural learning experience. Jiran is supported by the Ron and Jessica Liebowitz Fund for Innovation and hosted by the Middlebury College Center for Community Engagement.