Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with minors in Arabic, Political Science, and Global Studies
Future Plans: Teach English abroad in Jordan through the Fulbright Scholarship program and pursue a career in diplomacy in the Middle East with a focus on development, women, and education
Honored Faculty: Kate Huebschmann, Fellowship Advisor, Boise State Honors College
Scholarships: Dean’s Scholarship, GLO Scholarship, Frank Church Scholarship
Grace Hall has seven years of Arabic language experience and has studied abroad in Jordan, Israel, and Morocco, driving her passions for Middle Eastern studies, international relations, and cross-cultural relationships. Studying political science and global studies, Grace was awarded the President’s Writing Award for her work on the relationship between U.S. foreign policy and Arab feminism. Grace earned two research assistantships in Boise State’s School of Public Service, focusing on U.S. indigenous land rights and biodiversity conservation in Africa. Her professors took notice of her international interests. Following her passion for foreign diplomacy, she was also awarded the Frank Church Scholarship and has been invited to represent Idaho at the Young Leaders Initiative conference in Washington, D.C., in June of 2022.
Outside of her courses, Grace established the Boise State Arabic Club in her first year, where she planned intercultural events and tutored Arabic language students. Seeing a need to expand the Arabic community on campus, Grace joined the Pathways Project team at Boise State’s World Language Resource Center in 2020.
There, she obtained a grant to write and publish an online intermediate Arabic textbook and scholarship guide to promote Arabic education in Idaho. The textbook has reached over 1,200 people and has been presented at the Boise State Undergraduate Research Showcase, Idaho Education Week, and the Pacific Northwest Council For Languages conference. Having discovered a passion for teaching languages, Grace now volunteers her time to teach English classes to refugees and immigrants in the Treasure Valley. After receiving her certificate in TESOL education in 2021, Grace worked at the College of Western Idaho teaching adult ESL courses and at the REACH English summer camp, where she mentored Arabic-speaking youth.
Grace Hall is from Meridian, Idaho.
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