This open letter was sent November 3 by Bob Allen, president of Green Mountain College, and GMC student Thanh Nguyen ’17, on behalf of the College community. As part of her Delicate Balance project, Thanh organized a campus screening of the documentary “Salam Neighbor,” with guest speakers Clare Morgana Gillis, who teaches history and modern Middle Eastern studies at Marlboro College and Dartmouth College; Amir Pasic, whose family came to the United States in 1995 from Bosnia-Herzegovina and who graduated from Castleton University last December; Morgan Deheny, who graduated from SUNY Binghamton with a BA in Arabic and minor in French; and Marsha Cassel, a French teacher, global studies mentor, and co-chair of the Guidelines International Network conference at Rutland High School. Marsha has been organizing several screening events to raise public awareness and advocate for the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Vermont. She also is an active member of Rutland Welcome. The October 25 event was moderated by President Allen and co-hosted by UNICEF Campus Initiative and Rutland High School.
Thanh was born in Moscow, Russia, and has lived most of her life in Hanoi, Vietnam. She is pursuing a self-designed major that combines her interests in biology and psychology. International students at GMC come from different 19 countries.