many Muslims. Then a representative from the Muslim Student Association visited the UNITAS classroom as part of a religion panel. Talk- ing to her, Selimbegovic said, helped her to realize that she was not at odds with er faith and to see the spectrum of the ways to observe Islam. Furthermore, she learned that the Bosnian translation of the Koran she was using had a very different ake on a key passage related to the equity of women and men than the Arabic trans- lation the MSA student showed her. " 1 would not have found this out if it wasn't for UNITAS. I would not have gone up to some random Muslim girl and said, 'You know, I don't pray five times a day, and what do you think of that?'" That doesn't mean that the transfor- mation and learning that takes place hap- pens by serendipity. Nor is it always easy. "The whole thing is a difficult process," said former participant Quinn Moore ' 98, now working toward a doctorate in eco- nomics at the University of Michigan. "There's a lot of inter-personal negotia- tion that has to go on and a lot ofstruggle within yourself to figure out exactly what it is that you believe and how you feel about other people disagreeing with that." Sometimes the success of the program becomes a hardship. Relationships formed on the hall can create tensions among fami- lies who take the ethnic identities of them- selves and their children very seriously. Moore and Sathy, for example, met on the UNITAS hall, and the two say their elationship was the best thing to come out of the experience. Nonetheless, they dated for two years before Sathy was ready to tell her parents her significant other was white."That's been one of the most difficult things I've had to deal with in my life," she said. A number of friendships and romantic relationships that cross cultural and reli- gious lines have started within UNITAS, and several former participants said gain- ing acceptance from family and friends was a challenge. And, as some students learn, the UNI- TAS experience is not a panacea for all
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