Denison University graduate Laura Robinson has been awarded a year-long fellowship to Casablanca, Morocco, through the Middle East and North Africa Regional Fellowship Program (MENAR). Robinson, a psychology major who graduated with honors, will leave for Casablanca this summer and spend a year working with MENAR partner organization Experience Morocco. She will spend the year working as a sales and marketing associate, helping the Experience Morocco team curate authentic experiences for visitors to explore the dynamic traditions and culture of Morocco.
“Throughout my time at Denison, I’ve developed a passion for intercultural communication and cross-cultural understanding. I was looking for post-grad opportunities to live in Morocco to develop my language skills and gain first-hand experience in North Africa,” says Robinson. “I am so thrilled for the opportunity to work for Experience Morocco, a company dedicated to broadening global perspectives, and am so grateful to Denison and the Lisska Center for all of their support.”
The MENAR Fellowship Program facilitates intercultural exchange by coordinating fellowships for recent American college graduates with non-profit organizations and businesses in the Middle East. It aids organizations that further development, peace, and human rights in the region. Though initiated by Princeton alumni, the MENAR Fellowship Program is open to applications from qualified graduates of any university. Robinson was one of only eight fellows chosen for the program this year.
The MENAR Fellowship Program was founded in 2011 with the objective of offering one-year post-graduation fellowships to top graduates of American colleges at leading organizations across the Middle East and North Africa region. Fellows worked and lived in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates. This year, for the first time, MENAR Fellows will also be located in Tunisia and Israel.