Occupation: Fulbright Student Researcher
University: University of Indianapolis
Ahmed Zakarya Mitiche is an Algerian-American activist, organizer, and researcher from Indianapolis. As a Fulbright Scholar living and working in Morocco, he conducted research on the Arab Spring and other social movements. While simultaneously working as a freelance journalist for Al Jazeera English, he covered the Arab Spring’s anniversary as well as the Hirak Rif Movement in northern Morocco, helping to bring national attention to the popular protests. Before that, Zakarya graduated ‘magna cum laude’ and ‘with distinction’ from the University of Indianapolis, where he served as a co-captain on the UIndy Men’s Soccer Team, as well as President of the UIndy chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine. With the soccer team he helped lead UIndy to their first and second ever national championship appearances, as well as their first conference titles. With SJP, Zakarya led a team of student organizers to bring attention to Palestine and the BDS Movement in cooperation with University administration, which led to a campus wide dialogue series, and eventually, a resounding victory as the Student Senate passed a divestment resolution by a super-majority vote.
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