Arabic AlumniLucy Porras graduated Cum Laude from the University of Florida in 2013 with a Bachelor's in Religion and a minor in Arabic Studies. During her time as an undergrad, she served as President of the Arabic Cultural Association where she developed original programming such as Arabic Language round-tables, Arab Film Month and children's Arabic story-time at the library. She was also Islam Fair Chair twice as part of Islam Awareness Month. In the summer of 2011, she studied at the Arabic Language Institute in Fez, Morocco where she polished her Arabic and French language skills. Upon arriving to the San Francisco Bay Area in the summer of 2013, she worked in both the development department of the Arab Film Festival in San Francisco and as a Special Projects Coordinator for the San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations ( CAIR-SFBA). CAIR is the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy group in the United States. In January of 2014, she transitioned into her current role as Development & Programs Coordinator at CAIR-SFBA. Lucy works on increasing grassroots, community outreach and developing programs and events that empower Bay Area Muslims, encourage dialogue, combat Islamophobia, and unite CAIR's allies.
Hi! My name is Carolina Guerra. I'm a Miami native and started at UF the Summer of 2010 majoring in Political Science. I was lucky enough to have come across the Arabic program that Fall and the mild interest I had in learning a new language bloomed into a full blown passion. For the wonderful program and the guidance I received, I will be eternally grateful to the Arabic department especially Dr. Tlili, Ms. Bouguettaya, and Professor Haddad. With their help, I spent my last semester studying abroad in Israel through the UF in Haifa program and recently was accepted to the American University of Paris where I will pursue a Master's in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. Currently I work as a fundraiser for USA for UNHCR and spend my free-time with my beautiful dog Lulu.
Leah Harding is an internationla news producer for Al Jazeera English based in Doha, Qatar. Harding has won several national journalism awards and is passionate about international reporting and the Middle East. She grew up in Jordan and has since lived in Kenya, Ethiopia, and New Zealand, and she has visited more than 30 countries. Leah Harding graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Telecommunication-News and a minor in Arabic Language and Literature. www.LeahHarding.us
Hi! My name is Courtney Treweek. began studying at UF in 2011 as a transfer student majoring in Linguistics. I decided to study Arabic because I thought that it was important (for a number of reasons) to learn a second language, and after two semesters I loved it so much that I enrolled in the UF in Fez program for the summer of 2012. My summer in Morocco furthered my passion for both the Arabic language and Arab culture, so upon my arrival back in the U.S I immediately applied to study abroad for a second time in Irbid, Jordan with CET Academic Programs. I spent the spring of 2014 in an intensive Arabic program in Jordan, and had the opportunity to travel to Egypt for a week and Israel/Palestine for a couple of days. I graduated from UF in the Fall of 2013 with a B.A in Linguistics and a minor in Arabic, and I am currently on my way to Jordan to spend the summer for Jordan Youth Innovation Forum, an NGO based in Amman. In the Fall, I will set off for the University of London to study at the School of Oriental and African Studies in order to obtain my M.A in Near and Middle Eastern Studies.
Nora Zaki received a BA in MELC: Arabic, Political Science and Religion in 2013. She wrote an undergraduate honors thesis within the MELC program titled, "An Evolution in Meaning of the Qur'anic Khalifa." Dr. Tlili was her advisor for the thesis. Nora also studied Modern Standard Arabic in Fes, Morocco in 2011 and at the Middlebury Arabic Language School in Summer 2012 in Oakland, CA. She studied MSA at Middlebury in addition to Egyptian colloquial Arabic and calligraphy. She's currently studying Classical Arabic and Jordan colloquial Arabic at the Qasid Institute in Amman, Jordan. Nora will be starting a Master's of Divinity at the University of Chicago this fall 2014 specializing in Islamic Studies.
Katie Arraj graduated from the University of Florida in 2013 with a Bachelor’s in Linguistics and a minor in Arabic Studies. As a freshman, Katie began studying Arabic, and what started as a desire to get closer to her Lebanese roots soon grew into a full-fledged passion for Arabic. In the summer of 2011, she studied abroad at the Arabic Language Institute in Fez, Morocco, and has since spent numerous summers in Lebanon, including another study abroad program at the American University of Beirut in the summer of 2014. Katie currently is working toward completing a Master’s degree in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language from the University of Michigan by May 2015, where she is a Graduate Student Instructor of first year Arabic, combining the Levantine dialect and Modern Standard Arabic. Katie plans on moving to Beirut, Lebanon, after graduation to further immerse herself in the language and polish her skills before returning to teach Arabic.