Feyza is an English for Specific Purposes, ESP, professor at the High Institute of Nursing Sciences in Sfax, Tunisia. She is the Founder of SHINS Club, an organization for English-language enthusiasts who want to enhance their communication skills through acting and debating.
Feyza is the Director Executive of the Tunisian League of Access Alumni (TLAA). TLAA is an organization created by a group of committed teachers and alumni who believe that their knowledge and experiences should be shared with students, both within and outside of Tunisia. The organization hosts workshops for students to help them maximize the value of international exchange programs.
Feyza is passionate about women’s education and wants to ensure that women fully exercise their critical role in the development of their communities.
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The principal of Paul Dunbar Learning Center in Dallas, Dionel Waters describes how he is trying to turn around a school in an impoverished neighborhood. A millennial who grew up in poverty himself, he also discusses how the nation, including schools, can address the tension between law enforcement officials and people of color.
Next Generation Leaders on a Mission
Connected, undaunted by borders, and primed to address big needs, the next generation of organizational leaders aren't driven by money. Instead, they're driven by a deep desire to make the world a better place.
The Millennial Policymaker
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) is one of the first of the next generation of policymakers. And the 32-year-old proudly espouses millennial values: transparency, working across divisions, and accepting immediate feedback.
Rising Leaders Should Tackle Kitchen Table Issues
The discussion in this year's election cycle is sorely lacking in an important ingredient: solution-oriented discussion of policies. How can we fix the divide and find optimism in the system?
Creating a Pipeline of Young Leaders
As president and general manager of the Texas Rangers baseball team, Jon Daniels must assemble a roster that is not only physically gifted but also has enough leaders to carry the team through the mental rigors of the season.
How Wazhma Furmuli is Challenging Conventional Thinking
A millennial who now lives in New York City and maintains deep ties to Afghanistan, Wazhma's story shows how a new generation is bringing fresh perspectives to some of the globe’s most difficult challenges.
Embracing a World of Possibilities
As a recent college graduate, Lauren Aguirre (SMU '15) sees both challenges and opportunities for herself and her classmates. And while there is cause for worry, there is more cause for optimism that this generation is uniquely prepared for the world.
The Journey to Freedom
Impassioned members of the next generation are relentless in the quest to solve lingering social ills. Diana Mao has set forth to fight modern-day slavery, a little talked-about issue with startling numbers.
Why Foreign Policy Should be a Millennial Priority
Polls show younger Americans are wary of U.S. intervention in overseas matters, preferring a focus on domestic policy. They need to hear why our role matters and why choosing between domestic and foreign priorities is a false choice.
It’s a Millennial World Now: Twelve Things to Know
Author Paul Taylor, formerly of the Pew Research Center, looks past the headlines to focus on the hard data and numbers about millennials, revealing a complex but dynamic generation that will leave a large imprint on the world.
Improving Outcomes Through Technology
Although ideologies will remain, millennials will bring a greater use of technology and data to the public sector. David Plouffe believes the resulting government will be more user-friendly and have a greater reach.
The Drivers of Change
Young people have always set the fads of the day but they also introduce significant change to society. Kristen Soltis Anderson believes the next generation is about more than selfies: They're not beholden to partisan lines and they expect data-driven and responsive government.
A Little Less Condemnation, A Little More Credit, Please
The generation that came of age on September 11, 2001 isn't living on Facebook in a sheltered world. It's carefully watching a divided country, poised to tackle partisan politics and divisive discourse head-on.
North America's Fate Is Tied Up with Education
North America is united in many ways, but barriers still exist. How can we overcome these challenges in the classroom, ensuring that the workforce is an educated one?
Unifying North America through Education
The Catalyst asked two higher education leaders -- Margaret Spellings of the University of North Carolina System and Gregory Fenves of the University of Texas at Austin -- to discuss the role of education in maximizing the potential of the three nations of North America.
North America from the Mexican Perspective
Former Mexican President Felipe Calderón admits that as a young citizen of the United States' southern neighbor, he fell into the common trap of preconceived notions. As he grew, he watched -- and eventually steered -- a prosperous relationship between the North American countries.
North America’s Progress Starts in the Classroom
Can North America realize its potential? Yes, but maximizing the economic power of North America will require meeting the education challenges facing the continent and each nation.
The Revolt Against Immigration and International Trade
Mark McKinnon and William Galston, two leading political thinkers, examine the roots of resistance to trade and immigration reform — and what can be done to counter the pushback.
Toronto’s Gift to North America
Toronto's growth shows North America how cities across the continent can thrive. Hint: Vibrant cities start with neighborhoods and people.
Living the North American Life
More than goods get traded across borders. Culture, customs, and ideas move between countries, forging a North American community.
Opening Trade and Securing America's Borders
Must we always disagree about border security? Think again. Republican Rep. Michael McCaul of Austin and Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke of El Paso find common ground on the controversial subject.
North America for Millennials
North America is not just some wonky concept that matters only to policy elites. For millennials in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada, as well as their peers under age 45, the progress of North America especially matters. And North America needs them.
Meet Mexico's New Innovators
Young, high-tech innovators in Mexico are writing a new narrative about the Mexican economy. But will they be able to realize their potential?
Making a Good North American Neighborhood Even Better
A commitment to North America will pay dividends not only in terms of economic prosperity for the U.S., but will also have an important impact on national security.
A Portrait of Presidential Leadership
Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Jon Meacham talks about presidential leadership with William McKenzie, editor of The Catalyst.
Debt, Energy, China, and American Economic Growth
The Catalyst talked with noted economist Glenn Hubbard about topics affecting the daily lives of Americans.
Ideas matter. The Catalyst will convene leading experts and writers, as well as new and rising voices, to address contemporary issues.
Modernizing Social Security and Medicare Starts with Leadership
Social Security, Medicare, and other entitlement programs face an uncertain future as the funds that run the programs dwindle. Strong leadership will be needed to save these programs.
Strengthening Community Bonds Two Centuries after De Tocqueville
The Great Experiment – American democracy – depends on the lessons learned in neighborhoods and within families. How can leaders ensure that policy strengthens communities?
America Needs the Secret Leadership of the U.S. Military
Leadership extends beyond the four-star generals – the CEOs – of the U.S. Armed Forces. The small unit leaders carry the success of the military and 2.8 million post-9/11 veterans are ready to use their skills in our communities.
As Martin Mares Knows, Leadership Starts with Parents
Education isn’t limited to schools – it starts at home. What should parents do to be leaders in their children’s lives and inspire educational achievement?
Leading to Liberate: Servant Leadership in Business
A new breed of entrepreneurs and business leaders see purpose as the bottom line, not profit.
A Call to Lead: Public Service is a Noble Cause
The vast majority of elected officials, teachers, police officers, and other men and women in the public arena are dedicated servants that we are lucky to have.
We Don’t Live in the World We Were Born Into
Change is constant. But change creates an opportunity to lead – from young IPO companies to Fortune 500 companies. How can leaders ensure that they create, integrate, and enable change?
Promoting Democracy and National Security Go Together
As the American appetite for overseas engagement wanes, leaders must not forget lessons learned between Franklin Roosevelt’s presidency and today.
The Case for American Internationalism
For the benefit of people throughout the world and for Americans themselves, the United States must lead internationally in the areas of security, economics, and democratic ideals.
Why America Must Lead
As world powers jockey for position on the global stage, Americans debate the role their country should play. Dr. Kagan presents his case for an involved America.