Supporting undergraduate achievement at UT-Austin: a challenging road to success for Iraqi refugee Qusay.

There is a great privilege and responsibility afforded to professors - they are in a position to help people achieve their career and life goals.

In November 2018, Andrew joined the UTeam program - a College of Liberal Arts (COLA) program designed to create community between professors and undergrads from under-served populations. Andrew was matched with Qusay Hussein. Qusay has a remarkable backstory, which includes surviving a bomb attack; surviving and achieving despite challenges with being blind; and arriving in the U.S. without speaking English. He is an extraordinary example of resilience and persistent positivity.

Andrew met with Qusay, and helped him find a lab/professor match in UT’s Department of Psychology. Qusay hopes to complete a Ph.D. in positive or motivational psychology.

For more, please read the story in the Department of Psychology’s Spring newsletter.