University of Delaware

Institute for Global Studies

ALUMNI Make a Gift


June 2018

Dear Student:

Congratulations! You have been selected to be part of the summer 2018 Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Student Leaders Program. We are excited to welcome you to the University of Delaware. The 2018 MEPI-SLP summer program is a total of five weeks, from June 27-August 1.

The University of Delaware has developed a comprehensive leadership program designed to develop your skills as a leader and team member. You will develop persuasion skills and valuable insights on cooperative efforts through presentations, pitches, project proposals, and dialogues.

The University of Delaware’s main campus is located in Newark, Delaware. Tracing its roots back to 1743, UD is a state-assisted, privately governed university, Carnegie Doctoral/Research Extensive institution with grants in land, sea and space. It has seven unique colleges: Agriculture and Natural Resources; Arts and Sciences; Business and Economics; Earth, Ocean and Environment; Education and Human Development; Engineering; and Health Sciences. UD offers 127 undergraduate, 84 masters, and 42 doctoral programs

In addition to your work in Delaware, you will be taking part in short trips to Pennsylvania and New York. We will explore the origins of the US Constitution and American religious diversity in the 21st century when we visit two Pennsylvania cities, Philadelphia and Lancaster. While in New York City, New York, we will tour the United Nations and discuss the city’s role as possibly the most diverse city in the world.

During your time in the program, you will develop community engagement plans related to your home community contexts and interests, and present these plans at the end of the program. We hope that through this program you will have the opportunity to enhance and develop your leadership and civic activism, with the goal of immediate action when you return home. We will continue to remain in contact with you following the end of the program to ensure you are completing your community service hours. We will also try and connect you with alumni of the program from your respective countries.

Six to eight months following the summer program, you will have the chance to apply to the Alumni Professional Development Conference in the region. Selections will be based on successful completion of community service hours, among other criteria. The conference is a significant component, since it will further enhance your leadership development and civic engagement. It will also provide you with additional support and networks to continue building your personal and professional skills.

With warm regards,

Dr. Tracey Holden, Academic Director of the SLP Program

Dr. Dan Bottomley, Associate Director for Global Partnerships & Programs



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






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