Tala Doumani is a junior double concentrating in International Relations (with a focus in the Middle East) and Social Analysis and Research. Tala was recently elected a member of the Phi Beta Kappa society. Her academic work has focused thus far on international law and policy development, and she plans on enrolling in law school after graduation. Tala just returned from a fact-finding mission to the Jordan/Syria border with a team of Brown faculty and graduate students. “My experiences outside of the classroom have taught me to be cognizant of my position of power and to respect that each situation is unique and different,” Tala says. “It was really important to see that my experience in the classroom has real life use.”
Tala’s education at Brown has motivated her to pursue social justice and to develop global awareness. “Brown has taught me to see things from different viewpoints— to be critical of what I learn and to be critical of myself,” Tala says. “I’ve come to be more open to learning and experiencing things that make me uncomfortable. When I started at Brown, I thought I knew everything. I’ve learned that believing that can be really limiting.” In addition to her studies, Tala works as a research assistant for Sociology professor Michael White and is a Brown Presidential Host.