Hometown: San Diego, California
Research Interests: Refugees and displacement in the Arab World, the effects of the Arab Spring on civil society and grassroots movements in Arab societies, the techniques and initiatives of local activists combating sectarianism in the Levant/Greater Syria Region.
Richard Sacco graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Arabic. Since his time as a transfer student from Grossmont College, Richard has strived to immerse himself in the language, history, and culture of the Arab World. His most recent and influential immersion experience was during a semester studying abroad with the CIEE Language and Culture program in Amman, Jordan. His experiences in Jordan inspired his interest in pursuing a career with refugee resettlement and development agencies, such as UNRWA or UNHCR. Richard has a passion for languages and speaks varying levels of Arabic, Spanish, French, and Italian.