Through his work with Open A Door Foundation, Eugene Gabay was invited to participate in a national roundtable discussion at the office of U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) in April regarding legislation to provide support for international female students coming from post-conflict countries to study in the United States.
Senior associate director of admissions and coordinator of international admissions, Gabay works closely with OAD, an organization committed to helping young women from post-conflict countries enroll in colleges and universities in the U.S. OAD is assisting McCollum’s office with writing the legislation.
Two students enrolled at Lafayette through OAD are Flavia Umulisa ’17 and Jocelyn Mizero ’18, both from Kigali, Rwanda. OAD collaborates with Afghan Girls Financial Assistance Fund. Two students enrolled through AGFAF are Malahat Mazaher ’16 and Fatima Akbar ’18, both from Kabul, Afghanistan.
Other attendees included representatives from OAD, World Learning, fhi360, Education and Cultural Affairs, American Councils, Feminist Majority, Bennington College, Institute of International Education, and USAID.