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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.

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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)



MERC Student Leaders Council

For more information about joining MERC Student Leaders Council, contact any members of the MERC team (ideally during our Community Hours)

 MEET THE 2019-2020 MERC TEAM!

Please note, the MERC will be staffed by career staff for Summer 2020. The new 2020-21 MERC Team will be announced early Fall quarter.

Career Staff

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Ashkon Molaei
MERC Coordinator/Counselor
ashkon.molaei@sa.ucsb.edu

Student Staff

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Tim Bushra
MERC Peer Mentor
tim.bushra@sa.ucsb.edu

Zuhal Hashimi
MERC Peer Mentor
zuhal.hashimi@sa.ucsb.edu



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