An American Dean Develops an Emirati Cultural Lens

“This unfathomable opportunity to immerse myself in a world I never could have imagined forced me to grow in understanding of myself.  I found I was correct when I expected that taking my professional experiences and values and applying them in a country with far different traditional roles and culture would cause dissonance and internal struggle. But what I could never have anticipated or imagined was that the intense, daily, cultural saturation and richness of learning another culture from the inside out would be the highlight of my professional career.” — Denise Gifford, former Dean of Student Affairs at Zayed University. | Al Fanar 


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