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U.S. Department of State's Middle East Partnership Initiative's 9th Student Leaders Exchange Program

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 29, 2012


Students from 18 countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) as well as the Palestinian Territories arrived in Washington D.C. on June 26 to participate in the U.S. Department of State’s Middle East Partnership Initiative’s (MEPI) 9th Student Leaders Exchange Program. These 120 civic-minded undergraduate students will participate in an intensive, six-week exchange program to enhance their leadership skills, expand their understanding of American civil society and democratic processes, and explore ways to enhance democratic participation in their home countries.

All students will attend an orientation session in Washington, D.C. before traveling to one of six host universities: Benedictine University (Illinois), the University of Delaware, Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.), Montana State University, Portland State University (Oregon), and Roger Williams University (Rhode Island). They will return to Washington, D.C. on August 5 for closing sessions.

Since 2004, nearly 1,100 undergraduate students from throughout the MENA region have participated in the MEPI’s Student Leaders Exchange Program. Many have gone on to support their communities through volunteerism and civic activism.

For additional information on MEPI: or

Media Contact: Gabriel Hons-Olivier at or (202) 776-8476

PRN: 2012/1073


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