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Student Leaders Program

Mary Campbell Center

The 2015 MEPI student leaders volunteer at the Mary Campbell Center, a center that provides care for young adults and adults with disabilities and helps them to achieve personal goals and increased independence. The 2015 MEPI student leaders volunteered at six different local organizations over the course of the summer.

Student Leaders Program

The U.S.-based Student Leaders Program is operated under the auspices of the University's Institute for Global Studies. Applicants are nominated by US embassies and are selected by the Department of State. UD has been selected fourteen times to host the program and has welcomed over 200 participants from across the Middle East and North Africa to the University's main campus in Newark. The participants have been a mix of college students from different religions and cultures.

The Student Leaders Program provides a unique opportunity for participants to develop their leadership and civic engagement skills, with a specific emphasis on applying those skills in their home communities and countries to affect change. Additionally, the program enables the participants to learn about and discuss values, issues, and institutions that have played important roles throughout the history of the United States.

In addition to the on-campus academic component, study tours include trips to San Diego, California, New York City and Washington, DC.

The University of Delaware has long been recognized as a leader in international education. It was an early pioneer in study abroad and now regularly hosts groups of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students from abroad providing them with creative programs blending academics and cultural enrichment.



Funding for the Student Leaders Program is provided by the U.S. Department of State.

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  • Professor Carolyn Bartoo (Communication)
  • Associate Director Dan Bottomley (Principal Investigator)
  • Professor Barbara Cullis (Business and Economics)
  • Professor Alan Fox (Philosophy)
  • Dr. Daniel Freeman (Business and Economics)
  • Rachel Garcia (Program Coordinator)
  • Professor Debra Hess-Norris (Art Conservation)
  • Professor Tracey Holden (Academic Director)
  • Professor Muqtedar Khan (Political Science and International Relations)
  • Professor Jennifer Lambe (Communication)
  • Professor Jason Mycoff (Political Science and International Relations)
  • Professor Kate Riera (Human Development and Family Studies)
  • Dr. Bahira Trask (Human Development and Family Studies)


Participants From:

Israel-Arab 48

West Bank
Saudi Arabia
  • Institute for Global Studies  •  Clayton Hall, 100 David Hollowell Drive  •   Newark, DE 19716, USA
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