Congratulations to Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures student Tanya Raghu and her teammates for winning the President's Award for Global Learning (PAGL) for their project "Fostering Green Entrepreneurialism: A Comparison of Water Conservation Practices and Behaviors in Jordan and Texas." Theirs was the winning project selected for the region "Europe, Middle East, and Africa."
Their project seeks to foster a mutually beneficial exchange of campus sustainability efforts, knowledge, and technologies between UT and the University of Jordan. The students were drawn to Jordan because of its position as one of the world's most water scarce countries while also serving as a leading entrepreneurial hub in the region. The main component of this project is establishing a Green Fund at UJ, similar to the one at UT, to encourage student and faculty-led sustainability projects. They look forward to supporting their UJ partners through the semester and the summer when they will be traveling to Amman in August 2021.
Tanya says, "PAGL is an incredibly unique opportunity for undergraduates to gain research skills, proposal writing experience, and an opportunity to conduct fieldwork while working with an interdisciplinary student-faculty team. There's nothing quite like it and it has been an invaluable opportunity to apply my study of the region's culture, history, and language to a real-life project."
Tanya and her teammates come from a diverse array of fields across the university. Tanya is a MELC and Plan II Honors major, Sumaya Daghestani is a Plan II Honors and International Relations and Global Studies major, Kisara Dang is a Business Honors and Sustainability Studies major, and Abby Partridge is a Chemistry and Environmental Engineering/Plan II Honors major. Their faculty advisors are Dr. David Eaton, a CMES Affiliated Faculty Member and the Bess Harris Jones Centennial Professor in Natural Resource Policy Studies in the LBJ School of Public Affairs, Dr. Lucy Atkinson, an Associate Professor in the Stan Richards School of Advertising & Public Relations, and Dr. Jayme Walenta, a Lecturer in the Department of Geography and the Environment.