Bloomsburg adviser selected for first Oman Alwaleed Fellowship study visit

BLOOMSBURG – Nawal Bonomo, adviser of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Model Arab League Student Leadership Development Program, is among a delegation of eight university representatives selected to participate in the first Oman Alwaleed Fellowship Study Visit.

The study visit, from Aug. 13 to 23, is sponsored by the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations (NCUSAR) to provide the American educators with an opportunity to explore Oman’s economic, political and social environment, as well as the country’s modernization and development.

The Model Arab League, established in 1983, provides students with a hands-on experience with the politics of the Arab world.

A competitive academic activity, Model Arab League simulates meetings of the League of Arab States, where students become diplomats for a weekend and represent one of the league’s 22 members in general and specialized councils.

Model Arab League aims to deepen students’ knowledge of the history, culture, religion, economics and politics of their assigned country and rest of the Arab world.

Bonomo has advised BU’s Model Arab League team since 2009. The team participates in the Capital Area Regional Model Arab League, based in Washington, D.C., and has won awards representing Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Morocco, Egypt and, most recently, Palestine. Under her guidance, several students have pursued all-expenses-paid study abroad opportunities sponsored by NCUSAR, including Robert Nixon ’14, who visited Lebanon in 2012, and Madalyn Goss ’15, who traveled to Saudi Arabia in 2014.

In addition to advising the team, Bonomo has been named BU’s director of global and multicultural education.

Advisers play an essential role in the Model Arab League program. The Alwaleed Fellows Program was established to enable American professionals in academia, government and business to gain firsthand exposure to the region’s cultural, economic, political and social diversity.

Participants have the opportunity to meet and discuss Arab world issues with government officials, policymakers, business professionals, academics, scholars and other specialists.