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Haya Shaath

Putting It All on the Table

The New York Times

The Halal Girls

by Haya Shaath

“The Halal Girls is a support network to ease the transition for Saudi women returning home after studying abroad.”

Haya Shaath

Haya Shaath comes from a family of cultural wanderers. She grew up in Riyadh influenced by Saudi cultures, her Palestinian heritage, and educational experiences at both British and American international schools. She traveled to the Philippines in high school, which planted an altruistic seed in her, and later moved to London, where she earned BA…

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Class of 2015 Student Haya Shaath Helps Saudi Women Go Home Again

After she graduates from DSI this spring and finishes her work visa, Haya Shaath will, along with other Saudi women who’ve chosen to study abroad, ask herself a question: Is it time to return home? Haya doesn’t yet know how she’ll answer the question, but she’s wondering about the transition back for the women who say “yes” and has dedicated her thesis project to supporting them in that process.

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