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The Middle East Studies Center at The Ohio State University



The Middle East Studies Center (MESC) is a US Department of Education Undergraduate Title VI National Resource Center (NRC). Since its designation as a National Resource Center in 1988, it has been consistently renewed in the 1991, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003, and 2005 cycles, for a total of 22 years.

MESC facilitates Middle East studies on local, regional, national, and international levels, providing numerous resources to a number of key constituencies.

Volunteers should have a strong interest in the global community as well as interacting with people from diverse backgrounds. MESC volunteers should have enthusiasm for the international education, a desire to learn and flexibility, good judgment, and the willingness to carry out MESC policies and procedures. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

If you love learning about new cultures and meeting people from different backgrounds, MESC wants to meet you! There are many different volunteer positions available through, so whatever talents you have to contribute, we are sure there is a volunteer opportunity that is perfect for you.

Mission: Mission and goals:The mission of the Center is to foster and generate knowledge of the Middle East, its past and current economic, social and political developments, and to promote teaching, learning, research and public awareness of the diverse array of Middle Eastern languages, cultures, and peoples. As a part of that mission, MESC helps OSU to make knowledge accessible to the citizens of Ohio. Sharing university resources and expertise with academic communities, the general public at a variety of venues, federal and state agencies, and the media, helps the Center to make a greater impact. Impact at local, regional, national and international levels, is also a major requirement of Title VI. Outreach and engagement, providing better student resources, facilitating multidisciplinary collaboration and conducting follow-up communications and programs with our various constituencies are all essential to the Center's evaluation plan, to the University's Academic Plan, and to Title VI mandates.
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