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Two Salve Regina University international students who managed to escape civil wars in their native countries of Syria and Nepal to pursue their academic dreams in the United States have been invited to testify at the United Nations about their personal life experiences.

Sinan Zeino of Syria and Uma Chapagain of Nepal will be the main speakers in New York City on Thursday, Nov. 12 during Teen Thursdays, a program sponsored by the NYC Department of Education and the UN.

Both students are recipients of full-tuition Aquidneck Island Multicultural Scholarships at Salve Regina. Zeino is a social work major and Chapagain is a nursing major. Their trip to the United Nations has been funded by Salve’s Office of International Programs, the Provost’s office and Student Affairs office.

The students were invited to testify by Kathryn Good, director of Group Programmes at the UN, who connected with Zeino and Chapagain while working with Salve’s Office of International Programs on summer language programs.

In addition to their speaking roles in the Teen Thursday program, they will also be participants in the UN’s NGO Youth Led Briefing on Climate Action called “Youth at the Forefront; Bridging the Gap Between Climate Change and Climate Action” and participate in a luncheon meeting at The Bahá’í International Community, United Nations Office.

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