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A Young Egyptian “Empowers and Inspires”

Last August, the University of Oklahoma named Lamis Adel Mohammed Sayed Ahmed ’18 (Egypt, Red Cross Nordic UWC) one of the “20 Sooner Women Who Empower and Inspire.” Much of Lamis’s impact on campus has come through her work on disability inclusion and awareness. Last fall she was elected vice president of a student organization that advocates for students with disabilities, and that has pressed for accessibility improvements.

Lamis, who is hearing-impaired, has worked with faculty members to add information sessions on the rights of students with disabilities to the orientation program for new international students. She has also served as a teaching assistant in Arabic and as a tutor with the Arabic Flagship Program, through which students can build advanced language skills while pursuing degrees in other majors.

“Her involvement with cocurricular activities for the Flagship Program has helped make Arabic classes and the Arabic language community at OU more accessible to beginner-level students,” the university says. Lamis volunteers to mentor other UWC graduates at OU. “I always try to encourage them to join clubs and organizations on campus,” she says.

She also helps to run the Facebook page of Egypt’s UWC Committee. And if young Egyptian women or their parents have questions or concerns about the UWC experience, Lamis and her father make themselves available to talk. “When the national committee finds a worried father, or female students who need somebody to talk to their fathers,” Lamis says, “they give them my dad’s phone number.”