Sarah Derdowski, Class of 2014

“The Gabr Fellowship exposed us to world leaders in: media, policy, military and religious organizations that move and shape Egypt, and the United States. We were able to engage on topics we agreed and strongly disagreed. These meetings stimulated further discussions between the fellows. It was here we were able to learn from each other. My biggest take away outside of the incredible relationships I have built with my fellows are twofold. First, people are people, whether they are a diplomat, a government worker or your average citizen and really want similar things whether in the US or in Egypt. There are more similarities across cultures than there are differences. Second, you must have discussions with people and engage with them regardless if you agree, nothing comes from silence or complaining, only through dialogue. We were given an opportunity to act and engage, and I hope I can continue the conversation throughout my life.”
Sarah Derdowski, Class of 2014
Director of Operations, Global Energy Management Program University of Colorado Denver Business School

4th February 2016