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The Department of Social Sciences at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) recently hosted a panel discussion on the ongoing conflict in Iraq and its impact on survivors of the Islamic State’s waves of violence.
“Lean In changed me to never say I was lucky when I succeeded, or I failed because I didn’t have the ability,” explained Banu Ali to participants at Lean In introductory event, “I realized that women could achieve whatever they want if they come out of their comfort zone.” Lean In circles - founded by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg - are small groups of individuals who meet regularly to learn and grow together, help and motivate each other, build confidence, and keep one another focused on their goals.
AUIS student, Chrpa Amanj, initiated a competitive bake sale in the University’s cafeteria to raise money to provide aid to the internally displaced people (IDP) and refugees that have relocated to Sulaimani after being forced from their homes due to the ongoing conflict in the region. The event was held on the day marked to celebrate the International Day of Peace.

AUIS Blogs

My AUIS Journey

Sivar Qazaz hails from Sulaimani, Iraq. She graduated in 2012 with a degree in business administration from AUIS. She currently works for an...
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AUIS Helped Me to Become A Better Leader

By Mohamad Sabir - The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) has had a great impact on my life. In Iraq, we have always struggled for better...
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AUIS Graduate Leans In

By Banu Ibrahim Ali – I was at the National Model United Nations conference in New York last year when I heard that Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s COO,...
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How I Wrote the AUIS School Song

By Tablo Adnan Karim - To write a piece worthy of our great University was not an easy task. As I began to think about the lyrics, I thought about my...
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AUIS Spotlight

Faculty
Esther Mulnix arrived in Sulaimani last month to join AUIS as the new vice president for academic affairs and professor of social sciences. In addition to overseeing the academic programs for the University, Mulnix will also be leading the University’s efforts to acquire accreditation in the United States.
Faculty
Marie LaBrosse, a poet, translator, and member of the Department of English, came to AUIS in 2011. “When I was contemplating whether I should take the job, someone told me that the streets in Sulaimani were named after poets. That made up my mind. I had to come here,” she said. 
Alumni
The goal of creating policy that can impact the future of a developing nation is a daunting one, but it’s a job that the class of 2014’s valedictorian Dina Dara hopes to take on. Dara’s next pursuit will be a master’s degree at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, one of the world's foremost graduate schools of international relations.  
Faculty
Assistant Professor Loren Higbee points to the students when he explains why he is at AUIS. “A major part of why I’m proud to teach at AUIS is that the liberal arts instruction we offer ensures that our students are not only trained in a specialty. They’re educated. We give our students opportunities that they wouldn’t have at other places. We provide a forum for open discussion of ideas,” said Higbee.