Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane - Presidential Interns Feature Series: Vol. 5

Presidential Interns Feature Series: Vol. 5

The fifth feature in our Presidential Intern feature series is Kenneth Cruz. Kenneth is working in both the Community Involvement Program (CIP) and the Office of Interfaith Life. He’s from New York City, New York and graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana where he was a pre-med student and received his Bachelor’s Degree in French in May of 2018.


Given his academic background and interest in languages, Morocco was the perfect fit for Kenneth. As a trilingual person who speaks English, Spanish and French, the idea of a place like Morocco where there’s a combination of Spanish, French, English, and Darija was the perfect setting for him to attain fluency in French, and improve his overall language skills. Having gone to France previously he wanted to experience new culture, one of extreme diversity.


One of Kenneth’s goals during his time at Al Akhawayn University is to become more fluent in French and to have a better understanding of Moroccan culture. He also has a strong desire to get experience helping refugees and migrants from various communities and regions.


After completing the Presidential Internship Program, Kenneth plans to apply to medical school and become an Emergency Room Doctor. So far, his favorite thing about living in Morocco has been the flavorful food and the beautiful landscape. While here Kenneth would like to help bring awareness to interfaith dialogue, and work with students to help them understand the differences between charity, social justice and community service.