Community invited to learn more about Middle East from visiting students
July 6, 2011
Lisle, Illinois ~ The community is invited to attend a forum featuring student-leaders from the Middle East and North Africa who are visiting the United States through a special State Department program.
The forum will be held from 1:15-3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13 in Birck Hall, Room 112 (Tellabs Lecture Hall) on the campus of Benedictine University. The students will be presenting on issue of leadership and problems they face as young leaders in the changing Arab world.
Benedictine University is hosting the students as part of the U.S. Department of State's Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Study of the United States Institutes for Student Leaders program. Benedictine is one of only five U.S. universities hosting students from this program.
The Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders seeks to promote a better understanding of the United States abroad and help to develop future world leaders. Through the program, students explore the principles of democracy and fundamental American values such as individual rights, freedom of expression, tolerance and volunteerism.
The students, who come from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen, participate in academic seminars, community service projects and cultural tours.
Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 53 undergraduate majors, 13 graduate and four doctorate programs. Benedictine University is ranked as a Top School in the Midwest (11th in Illinois) for Master's Universities, 12th in the Midwest (and sixth in Illinois) for Racial Diversity, and eighth in Illinois for Freshmen Retention for 2011 by U.S. News & World Report.