Zehra Özkan Shahidi ’15
Hometown: Istanbul, Turkey
Major: Liberal and Integrative Studies
Graduate student Zehra Özkan Shahidi is working to bring an international perspective to the University of Illinois Springfield. She a graduate assistant for the UIS Office of International Student Services, president of International Student Association, president of Global Sisterhood, vice president of the Association of Graduate Employees, and is a member of the UIS Student Union Committee and several others organizations on campus. As an undergraduate at UIS, Özkan Shahidi organized a conversational language program, which was offered free of charge to all members of the UIS community. The program gave students, faculty, and staff a chance to learn other languages. She also helped to establish International Month at UIS. Özkan Shahidi earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication in 2013.
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