Cobi

American Delegation, 2006

IMPACT: SOCIAL

How has Seeds of Peace had an impact on you?

My experience at Seeds has improved the way I approach problem solving and has shaped my educational and professional trajectories. Through dialogue, I am better able to understand others’ interests and work toward creative solutions to difficult issues. Seeds Camp also piqued my interest in the Middle East, and after my summer at Seeds, I began to study the Middle East in college. I have since worked for a Middle East policy think tank and am currently studying public policy in graduate school.

Cobi

How are you impacting your community?

When I entered college, I wanted other Americans to have the opportunity to engage with students in the Middle East. As a result, in 2009 I co-founded Dorm Room Diplomacy, an organization that uses online technology to foster mutual understanding between university students in the West and Middle East. Students from over 20 universities in the US and the Middle East have participated, and the organization continues to expand quickly.

EDUCATION

• B.A., B.S, University of Pennsylvania (2012)
• M.Phil. in Public Policy, University of Cambridge (expected, 2014)
• Thouron Scholar (2013)

“I co-founded Dorm Room Diplomacy, an organization that uses online technology to foster mutual understanding between university students in the West and Middle East.”