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Student Groups Earn Diversity Leadership Award

Photo courtesy of MESA and ISA. Representatives from the International Student Association and the Middle Eastern Student Association were presented the Plano ISD Diversity Leadership Award Jan. 20 at the Plano Centre. (From left) Collin College President Cary Israel, Tatiana Shehadeh (MESA and ISA advisor), Urvi Ragunathji, Kiran Panniselvam, Hamzeh Qattan, Nada Ashour, Dina Murad and (front) Mira Hashem.

Photo courtesy of MESA and ISA Representatives from the International Student Association and the Middle Eastern Student Association were presented the Plano ISD Diversity Leadership Award Jan. 20 at the Plano Centre. (From left) Collin College President Cary Israel, Tatiana Shehadeh (MESA and ISA advisor), Urvi Ragunathji, Kiran Panniselvam, Hamzeh Qattan, Nada Ashour, Dina Murad and (front) Mira Hashem.

January 27, 2011 – Two Collin College student groups were honored by the Plano ISD Diversity Advisory Committee recently for their community involvement.

The International Student Association (ISA) and Middle Eastern Student Association (MESA) were awarded the 10th annual Diversity Leadership Award by Plano ISD Jan. 20 during its Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute at the Plano Centre.

The award is given annually to a student, student group, Plano ISD individual or group, or a community individual or group that has assisted in promoting diversity through relationships, communication and understanding.

MESA and ISA volunteered at a number of Plano ISD and Frisco ISD multicultural events, including presenting traditional dances from the Middle East, India, Pakistan, Argentina, China and Mexico. They set up booths providing information about their cultures, countries, religions, art, language and more. In addition, they supplied examples of children’s names in Arabic or Chinese letters, applied traditional henna tattoos and much more.

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