One week into her senior year, Natasha Reifenberg headed to an academic health conference in El Salvador, presenting a policy brief based in research she had been involved in for the last two years. An opportunity usually reserved for distinguished academics, the trip was just one of many highlights in an outstanding undergraduate career that includes internships at the Global Fund for Women and United Nations Development Program and independent research opportunities centered around women’s issues and rights. Reifenberg attributes her accomplishments to her education in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters — particularly her philosophy major.
Family Friendship Program
For more than 25 years, International Student and Scholar Affairs (ISSA) at the University of Notre Dame has paired international students with members of the local community, allowing participants to learn more about different cultures, traditions, and languages. Today, the Family Friendship Program (FFP) continues to foster friendships and cultural understanding between students from around the world and community members who represent a wide range of ages, professions, religions, ethnic backgrounds, and family compositions.
ISSA launches the annual program each fall with a kick-off dinner on the Notre Dame campus. Following the dinner, participants are encouraged to meet at least once per month to take advantage of the many activities offered on campus as well as throughout the community. Birthdays, holidays, sporting and cultural events, or a simple family dinner—all these, and more—are activities that participants can enjoy together. There is no cost to participate in the program.
Applications will open for families and students in Fall 2018.
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When Francesco Tassi arrived at Notre Dame, he was sure he would major in finance. But a lecture on refugees set him on a different path — one that led him to travel through Italy for three months to study refugee integration firsthand. Tassi, who was born in Italy and moved to the United States in third grade, traveled widely in high school and spent time living with host families in several countries. Those experiences sparked a passion for learning about and understanding cultures.