Shamshad Hussain of Pakistan, an alumnus of the U.S. Department of State’s Community College Initiative Program (CCIP), has been named State Alumni Member of the Month. Throughout May, his leadership and promotion of mutual understanding is being recognized on the State Alumni website (https://alumni.state.gov), the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ official site for the more than one million alumni who have participated in a Department-sponsored exchange program.
Shamshad Hussain is a role model for his fellow Pakistani alumni of exchange programs. He is also an instrumental force in promoting mutual understanding between the United States and Pakistan. Hussain lives in the beautiful and remote area of Gilgit-Baltistan. In spite of the region’s struggles with transportation and security issues, he effectively promotes volunteerism, education, and ecotourism. Hussain credits his exchange experience in the United States with broadening his vision and reaffirming his mission to make a positive difference in his society. When describing his U.S. experience to residents of his region, Hussain emphasizes that volunteer work is a “noble and highly recognized job.”
Following his exchange program, Hussain returned to Pakistan to initiate numerous community service projects. He was elected president of the Pakistan-U.S. Alumni Network Gilgit-Baltistan Chapter, and in April 2010 became the coordinator for the local English Access Microscholarship Program. As a result, educational and future professional opportunities have expanded significantly for Gilgit-Baltistan’s underprivileged children.
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