My name is Lori Younissess. Even though I’m originally Armenian, I was born and raised in Lebanon. In addition to learning four languages (Arabic, Armenian, English, and French), my bicultural heritage and experiences have contributed to my passion for human rights, equality, and diplomatic dialogue among different groups.
In August 2017, I moved from Beirut to Washington D.C. to be part of American University’s class of 2021 under the Emerging Global Leaders Scholarship, AU’s only full-ride scholarship that is awarded to only 1 out of 1250 international applicants.
I’m currently majoring in International Studies with a minor in Law and Society and a certificate in Advanced Leadership. I’m also a member of the American University Scholars Program where I serve on the advisory board representing the Comparative Politics class. Additionally, I’m part of the School of Public Affairs Leadership Program (Class of 2021) where I am currently working, along with six of my peers on tackling issues regarding freedom of expression in the context of religion and politics. Furthermore, I am a Litigation Associate in the student government’s Center for Advocacy and Student Equity (CASE) where we advise and guide students through potential conduct charges due to our rigorous training in the American University Conduct Code, Academic Integrity Code, Housing and Dining policies, and community regulations.
After college, I plan on continuing my education by going to law school where I plan on focusing on International Human Rights Law in hope of being able to stand up for those who do not have the means to defend themselves.