Ibrahim and Queens College Student Leadership Program in the Middle East
Empower cross cultural, interfaith networks of American student-scholar-activists with a nuanced understanding of the complexities of this strategically vital region that is in the midst of a tumultuous transition; promote students' interaction with a broad spectrum of Middle Eastern cultures and perspectives, particularly in the fields of religious understanding, social entrepreneurialism and conflict transformation to fortify their role as thought leaders and informed actors on the front lines of hope, empathy, and enlightened self interest.
The Institute of International Education worked with the Ibrahim Family Foundation to create the Ibrahim Leadership and Dialogue Project, and managed the project until 2012. The program is now managed by Queens College.
- Ibrahim Leadership and Dialogue Project
The Ibrahim Leadership and Dialogue Project in the Middle East provides an opportunity for high-achieving U.S. undergraduate students of diverse backgrounds and faiths to develop their leadership skills and gain first-hand experience with (interfaith) dialogue efforts in the Middle East. Following an orientation session in the US, students engage in a two-week study-tour in three Middle Eastern countries where they meet with leaders and organisations representing a range of viewpoints. Students meet with every type of person - both those who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to promoting tolerance and mutual understanding as well as those who represent more thought-provoking viewpoints, which help students understand the nuances of the region. In addition to programme staff, students are accompanied by distinguished academics who act as faculty advisors. These advisors provide formal lectures on issues relating to the region, as well as informal commentary throughout the study-tour which allows students to further explore their intellectual curiosity. A unique aspect of this programme is the emphasis on the post-programme Impact Plan. Students are expected to incorporate this experience into their academic and surrounding communities by engaging their peers in activities, projects, and events, which support the foundation of a more peaceful and prosperous shared future.
Main Focus Countries of Activities
USA - Israel - Oman - United Arab Emirates - Saudi Arabia - Jordan