Antarctic voyager inspires ADWC students

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The Higher Colleges of Technology’s Abu Dhabi Women’s College hosted a guest lecture this week by a noted alumnus – Dana Al Hammadi, the first Emirati woman to visit the southern continent of Antarctica.

The first of a series of visitors supporting the College’s new Liberal Arts curriculum, Mrs. Al Hammadi spoke to a large group of Emirati women studying “Community Service”.

ADWC graduate Mrs. Al Hammadi is a mother of five who undertook the arduous journey to raise awareness in her community about the need to care for the earth. As the only continent largely untouched by human habitation, Antarctica nevertheless feels the effects of global warming.

Mrs. Al Hammadi, who was temporarily blinded due to conditions on the voyage, noted that the trip was “dangerous” but told the assembled students, “I want to inspire you to do something similar for your family and community”.

Students were fascinated by Mrs. Al Hammadi’s mission, remaining after her presentation to ask questions and take photos. Salama, a Business student, stated: “I like to know people who do special things in their life.”

“I really enjoy this community service class, because we get to enjoy guest speakers and do important things,” she added.

ADWC Director Dr. Jace Hargis, who attended the lecture, said: “Mrs. Al Hammadi has given our students a great example of what it means to go beyond the usual expectations in performing community service.

“We are proud to count her as an ADWC graduate, and we thank her for the service she has performed in our community,” he added.