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Ashkon Molaei (he/him)

Hello, my name is Ashkon and I'm the MERC Coordinator and welcome you to our site - your home away from home! The Middle Eastern Resource Center (MERC) promotes the cultural awareness and academic success of students of Middle Eastern, North African and South Asian (MENASA) heritage. It fosters dialogue, cross-cultural learning, and interaction among the diverse cultural groups within our MENASA student 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.

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Signature Events

Signature Events

Meet the NEW 2020-21 MERC Team!


Affiliated Student Organizations on Shoreline

  • Arab Student Group
  • Armenian Student Association
  • Indian Association of Santa Barbara
  • Indus
  • Iranian Graduate Student Association
  • Iranian Jewish Student Association (Iranian Jewish Club on Shoreline)
  • Lebanese Social Club
  • Muslim Student Association
  • Persian Student Group
  • Salaam (a part of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship on Shoreline)
  • Santa Barbara Hillel
  • Students for Justice in Palestine
  • Students Supporting Israel

For understanding why affiliation is important, review our Benefits of Affiliation

For info on how to become an Affiliated Student-led Org, review our Requirements for Affiliation and contact any member of our team (ideally during our Community Hours)

Name Change Initiative

Name Change Feedback Form #changingourname

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MERC Student Leaders Council

For more information about joining MERC Student Leaders Council, contact any members of the MERC team

MERC Open House 2020

MERC Student Leader Resources

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