Educational Opportunity Program

Middle Eastern Resource Center (MERC)

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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 ethnic 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.

 Meet the NEW 2020-21 MERC Team!


Kiyan Atrian
MERC Peer Mentor
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Ashkon Molaei
MERC Coordinator/Mentor
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Affiliated Student Organizations

Arab Student Group
Armenian Student Association
Indian Association of Santa Barbara
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)

MERC Student Leaders Council

For more information about joining MERC Student Leaders Council, contact the MERC Team at or schedule a meeting with one of our staff at their meeting links!

Updates and Announcements

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Campus Partners and Resources

MERC Open House 2020

MERC Newsletters

Fall 2020 Mid-Quarter

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