Sajda Ouachtouki '13 MPA '17, of New York City, graduated from Woodrow Wilson School with certificates in Near Eastern Studies, Arabic Language and Culture and Gender and Sexuality Studies. Ouachtouki was awarded the Suzanne Hoffman Prize in Gender and Sexuality Studies for her senior thesis on women's sexual dignity struggles in Tunisia and Morocco since the Arab Spring, and the Kenneth Christopher Harris '68 Award by the Office of Religious Life for exceptional leadership within the religious and ethical life of the University. As the Tom A. and Andrea Bernstein ’80 Scholar, Ouachtouki focuses on religion’s ability to inform solutions to women’s human rights violations in the Middle East and North Africa. For two summers, she studied Arabic at Al-Akhawayn University in Morocco and, as an undergraduate, interned for the Islam and Civil Society Project at the Witherspoon Institute.
Her SINSI internship was at the American Consulate General in Casablanca, Morocco. Sajda's fellowship at USAID's Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance, began in June 2014, and included co-chairing the Center's Gender Working Group, working on civil society and media issues, and on supporting gender equality and female empowerment in the Middle East. Her fellowship rotation with USAID/Morocco focused on supporting programs that target democracy, governance, and youth issues in the country. Sajda received her MPA from Princeton in June 2017.