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Stylish and sustainable: AUS' School of Business Administration launches eco-friendly professional wardrobe initiative for students
Embracing the dual goals of sustainability and student support, the American University of Sharjah (AUS) School of Business Administration (SBA), has launched the Professional Clothing Closet to provide students with complimentary professional attire essential for the workplace.
The initiative offers a wide range of professional attire, including suits, shirts, skirts, scarves, shoes, bags and accessories that will help students present themselves confidently in professional environments.
"The Professional Clothing Closet exemplifies our commitment to nurturing our students' professional growth while adhering to sustainable practices. It's an embodiment of our dedication to supporting our students' journey from academic life to professional success," said Dr. Narjess Boubakri, Dean of SBA.
In addition to aiding in professional appearance, the Professional Clothing Closet takes a firm stand against fashion waste, endorsing the reuse and repurposing of pre-loved items, thereby making high-quality, sustainable fashion accessible to students.
"The Professional Clothing Closet was inspired by a clear need among our students for accessible professional attire. This project is not just about providing clothing; it's about instilling confidence and promoting sustainable habits in our future business leaders,” said Eleni Papailia, Senior Manager of the SBA Career Design Lab, the SBA unit that manages the closet and provides career services for students and fresh graduates.
The closet is stocked through the contributions of professional clothing items from the AUS community and SBA industry partners.
"Our partnerships are integral to the success of the Professional Clothing Closet. These collaborations will assist in the donation of clothing items and provide essential services such as cleaning and repairs when needed, ensuring the attire is in excellent condition for our students," Papailia said.
Not only are students able to get essential professional attire through the closet, some have gained real-life experience in inventory management. The CDL’s student assistants have developed an inventory management system for the closet, which has been crucial in organizing and maintaining the flow of donations. For more information about the SBA Career Design Lab, visit www.aus.edu/sba/partnerships/internships-and-placement.