The gallery below showcases international virtual exchange projects that focus on UN Sustainable Development Goal #10: Reducing Inequality. Please view the presentations and leave your comments/questions in this Padlet.


Education Inequality: Comparative Analysis, Problems and Solutions 

Description: This presentation is based on Sustainable Development Goal SDG 10: Reduce  inequality within and among countries. The presentation explores the problem of Education  Inequality. A comparative Analysis of Education Inequality in the USA and Morocco is  demonstrated using some relevant indicators. Finally, a proposed solution to the problem of Education Inequality is presented. 

Faculty & Institutions: Driss Oubah (UAE) and Asrat G Amnie (Hostos)  

Student Presenters: To be added 

Presentation(s):

Students from Asrat G. Amnie’s course ​Medical Terminology

Students from Driss Oubaha’s course English for Communication – asynchronous

Students from Driss Oubaha’s course English for Communication – synchronous


Small Shops, Big Cities: A Comparative Study of Ordinary Public Life Making Cairo and New York 

Description: This presentation explains the process of COIL as well as the findings from  students’ project examining the historical and structural obstacles faced by small business  owners in Cairo and NYC in times of COVID, Racial Uprisings and the encroachment of  capital. 

Faculty & Institutions: Momen El-Husseiny (AUC) & Samuel Finesurrey (Guttman) 

Students Presenters: Students in Architecture 4532: Urban Design and Landscape  Architecture (AUC) and History 221: The History of Urban Life (Guttman) 

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Evaluating the role of community organizations in the existing disability liability laws in Morocco and the US 

Description: PROJECT 1: There’s None So Blind as Those With No Vision Our community-based experiential learning project is about raising awareness of the public and communities we live in, with the intention of influencing positively people’s attitudes, behaviors, and beliefs towards the situation of people with disabilities, using flyers as one of our main tools. (Flyer) PROJECT 2: We Can All See, Each On His Own Way. Our experiential learning project is a visit to Louis Braille association; a Moroccan NGO for the rehabilitation and training of blind people. The aim is to shed light on the struggles and difficulties that this category encounters in the learning process in general. (Video) PROJECT 3: The Triumphant Human Spirit “The triumphant human spirit is proven strong and resilient even in the face of disability. Sports programs develop a champion, a disability does not conquer or defeat.” Our project mirrors the good practices of Morocco and the US to reduce inequality for persons with disabilities. We focus mainly on both countries ‘efforts to integrate people with disabilities into the mainstream of community life, especially in sports. (video) PROJECT 4: Inclusion, The Path Towards Healing For Youth Our experiential learning project focuses on the role of community based organizations in the protection and promotion of the right of persons with disabilities. The project centers primarily on HANAN ASSOOSSIATION; a Moroccan association working in favour of the social inclusion of children and young people with disabilities. (video)  

Faculty & Institutions: Sara Rguig (UAE) & Nancy Genova (Hostos) 

Student Presenters: Mohammad Laadidaoui (project 1), Oumaima Sefrioui & Darene Jones (project 2), Meriem Ouajd & Rosemary Pomales (project 3), Taha Metougui & Tara Randall (project 4) 

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PROJECT 1:

There’s None So blind as Those with No Vision (flyers)

Morocco Representative Mohammed Laadidaoui, USA Representative Jillian Diaz Rawson

PROJECT 2: We Can All See, Each On His Own Way (video) 

Morocco Representative Oumaima Sefrioui, USA Representative Darene Jones

PROJECT 3: The Triumphant Human Spirit (video) 

Morocco Representative Meriam Qujad,  USA Representative Rosemary Pomales Hernandez

PROJECT 4:  Inclusion, The Path towards Healing for Youth (video)

Morocco Representative Taha Metougui,  Representative Tara Randall

  1. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1aB4_ocAspXlfJnaPjgfak3hRxy4H_ux7/view
  2. https://drive.google.com/file/d/132MTGj5voFtlGvj_qPEdIuCTb6vRyByE/view

Addressing Challenges to Women’s Upward Mobility 

Description: Given women’s relative positioning within society (NYC/Cairo) students are briefly addressing possible strategies to address some of the common challenges women confront to attain upward mobility. 

Faculty & Institutions: Tameka Gillum (AUC) & Victor M Torres-Velez (Hostos) 

Student Presenters: Cassandra Melendez and Samil Santos 

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Examining inequality through the Arts 

Description: This project was a collaboration between an art history class and a journalism  feature writing class. In both classes, students were asked to reflect on the ways in which  various kinds of inequality have been depicted in the arts and become manifest in cultural  artifacts. By examining themes of inequality in visual art, music, theater, dance, and even the  culinary arts, the students were able to reflect on the ways artists express their surroundings.  The AUC class used these same themes to produce larger public affairs feature stories  beyond the realm of arts and culture.  

Faculty & Institutions: Brian J. Bowe (AUC) & Yan Yang (BMCC) 

Student Presenters: To be added 

Presentation(s): 

  1. The Lack of representation in the artwork
  2. Our Experience with Beni Suef

Gender Inequality in the Workplace: American and Moroccan Context

Description: In these projects, students examined gender inequality in a variety of contexts including, education, employment, and the home. Students were divided into four groups and each group had a mix of students from both Institutions. Each group decided what area of gender inequality they wanted explore and developed a research protocol to be carried out. Many of them created surveys that were distributed on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and through other networks. These are the final projects for three of the four groups. The used a variety of forms including, PowerPoint presentations, podcasts, and interviews. The fourth group presented synchronously at the conference.  

Faculty & Institutions: Aicha Bouchara (UAE) & karen g. williams (Guttman) 

Presentation(s): 

  1. Gender Inequality in the Educational Environment
    Student Presenters: Alyae BENABID, Mohamed TOUFIK, Melanie GONELL, Chaimae RBITO, Ahmed LAKHYARI, Doha IDRISSI WOUGGARI, Abdellah EL KHAMLICHI, Ismail OUSSEM, Soufyane EL AOUFI
  2. Gender Inequality and the Workplace
    Student Presenters: Manal EL OUARDI, Oumaima OUAHABI, Fatima ZAHRAE M’HAMDI, Jihane AKHRIF, Achraf AZGHAT, Imane HOMMANI, Kaouthar JEBARI, Abdelghafour EL BOUJADI, Camila RODRIGUEZ
  3. Oceans Apart, Same Issues: Gender Inequality and High School Student
    Student Presenters: Yousra AMRANI HANCHI, Latifa BOUTAHRI, Sanae ZEGGAF BEN MOUSSA, Youness EL-MANSOURY, Zakariae EL-ABSI, Moammed KHOUCHA, Fatima EL BEKKARI, Othmen NASMI, Renee HEWITT, Jenifer MARTE

  4. Gender Inequality in the Workplace: American and Moroccan Context​
    Student Presenters: SOUSSI Younes,  HERRERA RAMIREZ Jasmine,  HAMDAN Aicha,  MOJAHID Nada,  AFIF Imane,  CHAHED Ilham,  LHASSAR Chaimaa,  HADRAK Amine,  and PERDOMO Irma

Literary Explorations

Description: To be added

Faculty and Institutions: Anna Alexis Larson (QC) & Layachi El Habbouch (UAE)

Student Presenters: Fayza  El Berkani , Hajar Allali , Ibtissam Chammat , Soumaya El Haouari , Youssef El Amrani , Souhaila Abelaiz, Imane Derrazi 

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  1. Translanguaging:
    Reducing Racial Inequalities through Interracial Love in  The Memoirs of the Life of Mrs Sumbel. This video seeks to emphasise the importance of translanguaging as a discursive tool in order deconstruct , disorient and reduce racial inequalities across local , national and global languages , cultures and communities. Interracial love as discourse in The Memoirs of the Life of Mrs. Sumbel is brought into the spotlight as a thematic choice which invites all of us to celebrate human love and fascination beyond essentialist racial and ethnic boundaries. 
  2. Reflecting on Nature and History in Driss Chraibi’s Mother Spring. 
    This video seeks to explore intricate connections between nature and history in Driss Chraibi’s Mother Spring.
  3. The Breakdown Literature Podcast 
    Presenters: Hana Chen, Samiha Alam, and Olivia Tissot.

Let’s Go to the Park! Learning about childhood and inequalities in New York and Cairo 

DescriptionIn this presentation, students from the American University in Cairo and from Queens College, CUNY in New York City discuss their shared inquiry question (UN SDG #10), delving into issues of childhood inequalities in the two locations through examples from their own empirical research. They present their comparative fieldwork project in which they observed life in parks, play areas, and other shared spaces. After presenting images and maps of the spaces they explored, they use a comparative approach to highlight their major fieldwork findings about children’s behaviors, norms of park life, and the culturally relevant patterns of inequality (and/or equality) they found there. Finally, they share some personal reflections on what they learned about each other’s cultures and about the intercultural, virtual exchange process itself. So join us on this adventure … Let’s go to the park! 

Faculty & InstitutionsYasmine Moataz Ahmed (AUC) & Wendy Leynse (QC) 

Student Presenters: [AUC]Merna Amer, Morouge Turk, Hajar Dessouky, Badreldin El Ghabashy, Jouvana Taymour, Farida Heidar, Sama El Hadidy, Hana Nakhla, Habeeba Mohamed, Demiana Iskandar, Bella Brazg, Hussein Mostafa, Karim Naguib, Malak Bisry,Hana Omera, Mohamed Badreldin. [Queens College]Alexandria Botta, Alia Abid, Amanda Singh, Carolina Ortiz, Karina Manbodhe, Kemelis Rojas, Rianna Roopnarine, Samira Conklin, Sultan Ahmed

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People with Disabilities in Jordan and the US: Laws, Experiences and Needed Advocacy​

Description: To be added

Faculty and Institutions: Khusmand Rajendran & Mohammad Nazzal

Student Presenters: Stephanie Rivera, Nujhat Nishu, Maram Hamdan, Maryam Muhanna, Tala Hiari

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