The Center for Middle Eastern & North African Studies is pleased to announce that our Outreach Coordinator, Rima Hassouneh, has been elected to the Middle East Outreach Council as a board member. The Middle East Outreach Council (MEOC) is an organization working to increase public knowledge about the peoples, places, and cultures of the Middle East, including the Arab world, Israel, Iran, Turkey, and Afghanistan. MEOC’s target audience includes K-12 and college-level educators. The organization offers resources such as lesson plans, and events for educators across the United States. Additionally, they sponsor the Middle East Book Awards each year, highlighting books for children and young adults that contribute to a greater understanding of the Middle East.

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We are excited and thrilled that Rima will be involved with MEOC, and congratulate her on her two-year term!