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Brooke Loughrin was the first-ever U.S. Youth Observer at the United Nations. She is a senior in the Presidential Scholars Program at Boston College where she studies Political Science and Islamic Civilizations and Societies. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Al-Noor: The Boston College Middle East and Islamic Studies Journal, and the Vice President of the Boston College Iranian Culture Club. Brooke is also an Undergraduate Research Fellow. Her research focuses on political cultures of the Middle East; comparative study of religion, civil society, and politics in the Middle East; and Iranâ€™s social history and contemporary domestic politics and foreign relations. In Boston, she volunteers for ACEDONE (African Community Economic Development of New England), Haley House, and in the Education Department of the Suffolk County House of Corrections.
Since 2005, she has also volunteered for the Fabric of Life Foundation, based in Seattle, Wa., which works to stop the begging cycle of poor girls on the streets of Mali, Africa. She has studied abroad in Visakhapatnam, India and Dakar, Senegal, and has traveled extensively in Iran, Turkey, Nicaragua, and Tajikistan.
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Photo Gallery: 2012 UN General Assembly Week
Brooke Loughrin and Bill Gates at the â€śCommitment to the Next Generation: The Legacy of a Polio-Free Worldâ€ť event.
UNA's "Listening Session with Zeenat Rahman, Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues to Secretary Clinton," seated left, is moderated by Brooke Lougrin, U.S. Youth Observer at the UN, right, at the UN Foundation in New York. (Stuart Ramson/Insider Images for UN Foundation)
U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice with the first-ever U.S. Youth Observer Brooke Loughrin at the Social Good Summit. (Photo Credit: Keith Bedford/Insider Images for United Nations Foundation)
"Mobilizing Young People For The Next Generation of Social Good" panel with Jeff Martin, Co-Founder and CEO of Tribal Brands and mPowering, U.S. Youth Observer Brooke Loughrin, Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA and Sharon Feder from Mashable at the Social Good Summit. (Photo Credit: Keith Bedford/Insider Images for United Nations Foundation)
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