In light of the current political dynamics and transformations that engulf the MENA region and especially Lebanon, Higher Education Institutions need to assist the youth in developing new values such as democracy and acceptance of the different other in order to maximize community development and consequently, national prosperity on the social and economic levels. This paper will describe the process of reforming the Student Life Bylaws at Notre Dame University after integrating new civic engagement programs, democratic electoral system and conflict transformation workshops. This paper will demonstrate that the participating students in the reform decision making process might portray future engaged Lebanese leaders. In addition, it will depict the changes that resulted from their intensive work and engagement on the personal level in terms of democracy and acceptance of the different other.
Maha Mouchantaf, Notre Dame University, Lebanon
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