Civic Engagement Strategies
Nora Elmarzouky grew up between Cairo, Egypt and Pennsylvania, consistently finding herself pursuing ways to build bridges between communities. With a BA from Tufts University in International Relations, and studying in Spain and Morocco, she developed an interest in the interactions between humans, culture, identity, and the built environment. In Egypt, Nora worked on various research projects related to human development, spanning Arab families and youth, democratic transition and empowerment, environmental and political concerns, for policy recommendations, grassroots activism and international youth programs. Transitioning to formal education, she designed and strengthened curricula at an American school to engage students with communities of greater Cairo and beyond through creating multiple service-learning, performance based programs. She then pursued an MA at Parsons School of Design in Theories of Urban Practice, to enrich her passion for increasing the role of the public in community development practices. Her research focused on the intersections of public education and urban revitalization - lending to the prototyping of an experiential educational program for youth.