Student Joins Senator's Roundtable, Speaks With TV

March 02, 2023
Submitted By: Office of Marketing and Communication

A University of Hartford first-year student who is originally from Syria attended Senator Chris Murphy’s roundtable discussion on earthquakes in Syria and Turkey, and was featured in a TV news segment

Farah Suede ’26 was invited to the event through a connection with another senator and as an involved member of Connecticut’s Syrian community. 

“Originally, I was sitting as more of an observer to the roundtable, as due to the importance of the topic, I didn't want to occupy the time needed by the humanitarian groups,” explains Suede, who immigrated to the U.S. with her family when she was 7 months old. “But I decided to speak and share the personal perspective I could offer from family back home experiencing the damages from sanctions.” 

Suede, who is also a representative on UHart’s Student Government Association, told WTNH News 8 that while many Americans would like to donate to those affected, U.S. sanctions are preventing that. She added that in times of crisis, exceptions can be made and that monetary contributions would help in such a tragic time.

At UHart, the philosophy and sociology double major has been promoting reputable charities and speaking out on social media about the need for U.S. support for affected families and communities, and is hoping to explore other ways to make a difference.