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Impact x2 Qais

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How can we work together to promote better cultural understanding worldwide?

Qais Akbar Omar (GRS’16), a graduate student in the Creative Writing Program, has published a much-praised memoir, A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story. He recalls how the violence and tumult of civil war jolted his family, who, despite losing relatives, their home, and possessions, continued to nurture his wish to attend a university.

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Steve Jarvi

Associate Dean for Student Academic Life

Steven Jarvi is the Associate Dean for Student Academic Life. Prior to coming to BU, Dean Jarvi was the Assistant Vice Provost for Student Success at the University of Connecticut. He began his career in education north of Boston as a guidance counselor at Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School and eventually transitioned to higher education as a career counselor at Brandeis University before making the move to Connecticut. At the University of Connecticut, he led the university’s advising efforts for students undecided about their major and for students transitioning between majors. In addition, he oversaw the university’s TRIO and First Year Experience Programs. He has taught Educational Psychology and Educational Leadership courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level.

Dean Jarvi earned his Ph.D. In High Education Administration from UConn, an M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling from BU and a B.S. in Psychology from Springfield College.