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Princess Muna Al Hussein of Jordan Visits BC

CHESTNUT HILL, MA (June 2010) – Her Royal Highness Princess Muna Al Hussein of Jordan visited Boston College June 12 to discuss how her country’s mental health services might benefit from American practice models, as well as potential Jordan-US academic and professional collaborations.

The princess, along with Jordanian Nursing Council Board Member Hania Dawani, gave a presentation in Burns Library to a select group of Boston College and Massachusetts mental health experts that included BC Graduate School of Social Work Dean Alberto Godenzi, BC Connell School of Nursing Associate Dean for Research Barbara Wolfe, Massachusetts Department of Mental Health Commissioner Barbara Leadholm and Marylou Sudders, president and CEO of Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and an adjunct  faculty member in BC's Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW).

L-R: GSSW Dean Alberto Godenzi, Princess Muna Al Hussein of Jordan, Jordanian Nursing Council Board Member Hania Dawani and BC President William P. Leahy, SJ. (Photo by Chris Soldt of Media Technology Services)

Following the Jordanian delegation's presentation, Leadholm and Sudders offered an overview of mental health services in Massachusetts and the USA. GSSW Associate Dean Thomas Walsh and Professor Karen Kayser, along with the school’s director of international programs, Eileen Ihrig, spoke about mental health and global practice at GSSW, while Wolfe provided a similar summary for the Connell School.

University President William P. Leahy, SJ, also gave a formal welcome to Princess Muna and her delegation.

BC representatives said the event constituted a promising start for future exchanges that will benefit faculty, students, and practitioners from both countries.


--Sean Smith, Boston College Office of News & Public Affairs,