I wrote in today's Globe about two courageous young Afghan women who are studying at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.
They are among 47 women studying at American colleges and universities through an ambitious program created by Paula Nirschel of Bristol, RI, in the wake of the 9/11 attacks and the US invasion of Afghanistan to topple the Taliban regime that sheltered Al Qaeda. The Initiative to Educate Afghan Women has grown steadily since then, with Afghan women on full scholarships at 20 American colleges.
If all of those schools are also taking advantage of the two-way benefits that Holy Cross as well as its two Afghan students are enjoying, then the multiplier effect of this program must be substantial. The program has students at six campuses in New England: Holy Cross, Mt. Holyoke, Simmons and Tufts in Massachusetts as well as Middlebury in Vermont and Roger Williams University in Rhode Island.
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About James F. SmithJim Smith came home to his native Boston in 2002 to become the Boston Globe's foreign editor after spending 22 years abroad. He was previously based in Buenos Aires and Mexico City for the LA Times, and in Johannesburg, Tokyo and The Hague for the AP. In 2007 he became the Globe's national political editor, coordinating presidential campaign coverage. He is a Yale graduate, and has an MBA. He is married to Maxine Hart and has two sons, Matthew and Daniel.
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