Placing emphasis upon sound academic education and the preparation of each individual for college and for life, the School balances exposure to new ideas and the challenge of analytic and creative thinking with concentration on the development of self-esteem, leadership, and respect for others. As a school for girls, Dana Hall provides female students with a particularly advantageous environment for both education and self-development.
Raya Wael Husami
Dana Hall School – 2015 Recipient
Raya describes herself as “a proud Muslim Jordanian Feminist Advocating for Education, Peace, Equality, and Justice for ALL.”Leadership, service, and diversity are of the greatest importance to her. Raya was inspired, in particular, by two leadership training experiences: the National Association of Independent Schools’ Student Diversity Leadership Conference and The Girls Summer Leadership Program (GSLP) at Dana. Encouraged by her mentors at GSLP, Raya served as a mentor herself in the program. Raya’s interest in service is evident in her long-term involvement with Cradles to Crayons. Cradles to Crayons supplies clothing and toys to children who are homeless or living in low-income situations. As a Teen Corps Leader, Raya led volunteer groups as they sorted items and filled orders. Raya also served as one of the All-School Co-Presidents at Dana.
Outside of Dana, Raya’s love of math led her to participate in Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) at MIT. Through the program, she worked on a variety of hands-on projects and learned about professions in science and engineering. Raya also interned with the Microfund for Women in Jordan. She witnessed firsthand both the positive impact and the limitations of microfinance. Raya feels that although microfinance moves women forward economically, access to education and leadership training will help women move ahead socially. Raya hopes to establish a leadership training program, modeled on the GSLP at Dana, for girls in Jordan. She used part of her grant for an intensive Arabic Course at the University of Jordan.
Susanna Elizabeth Mahuras
Gayatri Maria Schur