ITD warmly welcomes nine Moroccan professionals who are participating in the U.S. State Department (Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) Professional Fellows Program from April 23- May 31. The Fellows spent their first week in Amherst before beginning their four-week long professional exchanges with host organizations which include the Treehouse Foundation, Stavros, Citizens for Juvenile Justice, The Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts, Leadership Pioneer Valley, the Farmer Services Agency, and D.C.-based organizations such as the Truman Center for National Security, National Democratic Institute and the office of Congressman Jim McGovern. In their final week of their Fellowship participants will join over 250 other Fellows in Washington D.C. for a 3-day conference aimed to enhance their leadership skills. The focus of ITD's program is civic engagement. Upon their return to Morocco, Fellows will apply in their professional contexts what they have learned , and aim to further foster civic engagement participation in their communities.