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Catherine Smith
Alumni Profile
Alumni Ambassador

Catherine Smith is an alumna of the 2016 CLS Arabic program in Ibri, Oman. She is currently a junior at Ohio State University majoring in criminology and international studies with a concentration in security and intelligence and a minor in Arabic. Despite the difficulties of being a first-generation college student, she decided to give back to her community and make a difference by going into gov...

Ermida Koduah
Alumni Profile
Alumni Ambassador

Ermida Koduah is an alumna of the 2016 CLS Arabic program in Tangier, Morocco. She is currently a senior at the University of Albany and will be graduating with degrees in political science and globalization studies. After she graduates, Ermida plans to either work for an NGO or join the Foreign Service. She also plans on pursuing a master’s degree in international development. Ermida was born in ...

Sheen Atwa
Alumni Profile
Alumni Ambassador

Sheen Atwa is an alumnus of the 2016 CLS Arabic program in Tangier, Morocco. He is currently a sophomore at Georgia State University Perimeter College majoring in political science and foreign languages. He is also a 2016-2017 fellow for the National Network of Arab American Communities. Sheen connects with his cultural identity by cooking Egyptian food, playing the darabooka (Egyptian drum), and ...

Lon Gibson
Alumni Profile
Alumni Ambassador

Lon Gibson is an alumnus of the 2016 CLS Azerbaijani program in Baku, Azerbaijan. He is currently a Ph.D. student in international conflict management at Kennesaw State University. Lon was born and raised in Macon, Georgia with four brothers and two sisters; he is an uncle to 10 nieces and nephews. After he completed his Master of Public Administration, Lon taught English in Saatli, Azerbaijan wit...