Grace Evans, a French, global studies and political science major at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, has earned a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Morocco for the 2018-19 academic year. She said she wants to refine her teaching skills and connect with students while there.
Evans, a graduate of Westside High School in Omaha, has minors in human rights and humanitarian affairs and national security studies. She has been a tutor for Lincoln Literacy, a local nonprofit. She also spent a summer in Istanbul, Turkey, teaching English in Robert College’s English immersion program.
Evans said she is grateful for the support she received from Nebraska’s Emira Ibrahimpasic in global studies and Courtney Hillebrecht in political science and is “thrilled to have this opportunity.”
“I’m hoping to make the most of my time in Morocco, learning a culture and language so different from my own,” she said. “I sincerely hope I will be able to engage in my community, working toward women’s access to education and other opportunities.”
She said she applied to Morocco because she wants to improve her Arabic while practicing her French. The country still uses French as a language for business, diplomacy and government.
While there, Evans would like to work to advance women’s educational rights, possibly through a local nongovernmental organization, such as L’Association Voix de Femmes Marocaines.
Upon returning to the United States, Evans plans to attend a law school with a strong human rights law emphasis, such as New York University.