I graduated from New York University Abu Dhabi with a BA in Social Research and Public Policy and minors in Legal Studies and Political Science. My thesis was a qualitative research paper that aimed to understand how Emirati youth make decisions about higher education. An advocate for intercultural engagement I spoke at TEDxNYUAD where I addressed stereotypes many have about Emiratis and specifically about the Abaya, a traditional Emirati female clothing. At NYAUD, I also led the UAE student interest group where we gathered as students to learn more about the Emirates. I enjoy mentoring and teaching a group of female high school students about leadership and female empowerment, as part of the Girls Education Network. I was also the inaugural receiver of Associate Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence that recognises the single most impactful student leader in the student body. As well as that, I received the President’s Service Award which is bestowed by NYU President Andrew Hamilton for commitment to cross‐cultural understanding. I am passionate about education and public policy and I am excited to continue my graduate studies at the Blavatnik School of Government as a Rhodes Scholar.
Maitha AlMemari is a Rhodes Scholar 2018-19.