Discipline: International Education
Melissa Topacio Long is the founder and director of ImprintEd Abroad, a study abroad provider organization that brings students to Morocco for culturally immersive exchange programs. Having lived in Morocco for five years, Melissa works to create opportunities for Moroccan and foreign students to step out of their comfort zones and to access each other’s perspectives. Her Master’s capstone research at the School for International Training looked at the impact that hosting American students had on Moroccan hosts. Melissa is a passionate advocate of reciprocity in education abroad.
A native of Bellingham, Washington, Melissa has a B.A. in English from Lewis and Clark College and an M.A. in International Education from the School for International Training. She previously studied abroad in France and taught English there as well; she has, also, traveled throughout Europe and Latin America, and visited parts of Asia. She speaks English, French, and Spanish and is learning Moroccan Arabic.