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Life in Dubai Gives Student Look at Stereotypes, Barriers

Junior international affairs major Brittney L. Huntley studied in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates.

Date: 10/17/2006
By: Britt Kennerly
Phone: (513) 556-8577
Junior international affairs major Brittney L. Huntley lived and studied during her sophomore year in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates.

Huntley chronicled her thoughts on the numerous barriers she faced for an article that recently appeared on the Black College Wire. The article was written for The Black Collegian magazine.

Dubai, while boasting a high standard of living, was full of roadblacks for the young woman, said Huntley, who went to the city through the Global Studies Program.

"As an African American woman there, I was labeled, sexually harassed and constantly defending myself against negative stereotypes of African Americans, due to the negative influence of rap music and U.S. television," Huntley wrote.

She felt empowered, she wrote, "by my strength in overcoming adversity through my faith in God and by conveying the dignity of my people that my parents instilled in me."

The complete story can be found here.

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