Many members of the Trinity community know that our student Marisa Dabney has been in Lebanon during the last two weeks as the war between Israel and the Hezbollah has broken wide open. A story in her hometown paper Honolulu Star-Bulletin and one last week in the Hawaii Tribune-Herald relate some of the story. I’m sure that she will have more to say when she returns to Trinity. She is still awaiting the final flight home, but all reports are that she is well and learning a great deal from this experience.
Marisa is one of a group of Trinity students who are this year’s Intelligence Scholars, and all have spent a portion of the summer studying abroad. The Intelligence Scholars Program, funded with a grant from the Intelligence Community, prepares students for careers as analysts and other professionals in the intelligence fields. Like Trinity Women across the ages, these students learn through rigorous classroom instruction and study, and field experiences that place them at the heart of the action in Washington and around the world.
Being in the “eye of the storm” is one of the hallmarks of our graduates. Another Trinity Woman, Congresswoman and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi ’62, was forceful last week in insisting that the U.S. government waive the requirement for U.S. citizens to pay to be evacuated from Lebanon; in fact, soon after Mrs. Pelosi’s statement, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice waived that requirement.
Marisa Dabney went to Lebanon to learn Arabic; she will come back with a remarkable education in the forces shaping the Middle East, a unique perspective from being present to this historic moment. We are grateful to all of the people who helped her along the way, particularly Dr. Mimi Jeha of the Lebanon American University, and here at Trinity, our Director of International Student Services Ms. Deepa Peppin who has been tireless in pursuing options for Marisa’s return home. Thanks to all!