Educational Opportunity Program

Middle Eastern Resource Center (MERC)


The Middle Eastern Resource Center (MERC) promotes the cultural awareness and academic success of students of Middle Eastern heritage. It fosters dialogue, cross-cultural learning, and interaction amongst the diverse ethnic groups within the Middle Eastern communities and the campus-at-large. Through its programs, the MERC works to assist students to embrace their cultural identity, integrate into student life, promote an appreciation and celebration of diversity, and reinforce an affirmation of our institutional and educational commitment to leadership, achievement, collaboration, excellence, and community.

Career Staff

Ashkon Molaei

Student Staff

Zuhal Hashimi‚Äč

Affiliated Organizations:

Arab Student Group
Armenian Student Association
Indus (South Asia Student Association)
Jewish Voice for Peace UCSB
Lebanese Social Club
Muslim Student Association
Model Arab League
Persian Student Group
Saudi Students Club
Students for Justice in Palestine
Students Supporting Israel at UCSB
The Olive Tree Initiative

For more information about student organizations, visit the Office of Student Life.

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