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September 21, 2012

University welcomes Mercy Corps Practitioners in Residence

The University of Oregon School of Law's graduate program in Conflict and Dispute Resolution, in partnership with Mercy Corps and Portland State University, has created the Mercy Corps Practitioner-in-Residence program.

Through the program, UO and PSU will co-host two Mercy Corps field staff each year to engage in a variety of activities with students, faculty and the local communities. They will work with students and faculty members to link practice with research and theory building while sharing their firsthand experience from complex conflict situations around the globe.

Mercy Corps practitioners Lorina McAdam and Noor Rafiq Zangana, the first Mercy Corps field staff to serve in this role with the university programs, will spend seven weeks in Oregon this fall. They will visit classes, conduct research, document their fieldwork and deliver public talks in both Eugene and Portland.

McAdam recently served a four-year post as Mercy Corpscountry director in the Democratic Republic of the Congo where she oversaw water and sanitation programs that served both to improve the environment and to reduce women’s risk of sexual assault. McAdam, native to Australia, has spent the last 13 years working in international development and humanitarian aid.

Zangana joined Mercy Corps in her native Iraq in 2008. She is currently the deputy program manager for an Iraq-based program called Supporting Effective Advocacy for Marginalized Groups (SEAM), which helps local organizations to better serve their communities and seeks to improve the lives of women, youths and minorities.

McAdam and Zangana will deliver a free public presentation titled "International Perceptions of 'The West' and the Influence on Development and Humanitarian Aid" at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in room 141 of the UO's Knight Law Center, 1515 Agate St. in Eugene.

McAdam and Zangana also are available to meet with individuals and groups to discuss their work in international development and humanitarian aid. To arrange a presentation or meeting, contact Tim Hicks, director of the Conflict and Dispute Resolution graduate program, at timhicks@uoregon.edu.

The Mercy Corps Practitioner-in-Residence program is made possible through generous gifts from the Jubitz Family Foundation and the Northwest Institute for Conflict Resolution.

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