Abdulaziz Alkhorasi

a man smiling at the cameraAbdulaziz Alkhorasi was an international student from Saudi Arabia and a candidate in the master's in TESOL program (Teaching English as a Second Language) at University of San Diego. He recently graduated after completing his capstone project on the experiences of refugee and immigrant background ESL students with cultural sensitivity and culturally responsive teaching in the classroom. He completed his bachelor’s degree in English Language and Translation in 2015 at Qassim University in Saudi Arabia. He then worked as a teaching assistant in two universities in Saudi Arabia, teaching English as a foreign language. In 2018, he was granted a scholarship from his country to continue his education in the United States of America. He worked as a graduate assistant in the Learning and Teaching department at University of San Diego. He developed this (Changemaking Center for K-12 Education) website under the guidance of Dr. Viviana Alexandrowicz. He is currently a volunteer assistant and continues to work on the website with Dr. Alexandrowicz. In the fall of 2019, he started tutoring refugee-background students in an afterschool program at Hoover High School in San Diego which led him to research cultural sensitivity and culturally responsive teaching from the perspectives of refugee and immigrant-background ESL students. During his research, he had a closer examination of the experiences of five refugee and immigrant-background ESL students with cultural sensitivity and culturally responsive teaching. After completing his paper and his symposium presentation, he received a letter of commendation from University of San Diego for the quality of his research.