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Youssef Farhat

Lecturer; Diversity and Social Justice Coordinator, Common Academic Program (CAP)

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: Political Science


Email: Youssef Farhat
SJ 201


  • He/Him/His


  • MBA., University of Dayton, 2019
  • MPA, University of Dayton, 2014
  • B.A., Notre Dame University of Louaize, Lebanon, 2012


A Dayton transplant since 2013, Youssef Farhat is a full-time lecturer in the Department of Political Science and the Coordinator for Common Academic Program (CAP) Diversity and Social Justice (DSJ) component. In his CAP role, Youssef supports faculty across campus who teach CAP DSJ courses and advances efforts around assessment and student learning in diversity and social justice.

Youssef is part of the Human Rights Center’s founding team, and coordinated its communications and partnerships efforts (2013-2020) planning and managing a series of events, internships and projects, including communications and outreach strategies for the Social Practice of Human Rights Conference (2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019), the Romero Human Rights Award (2015-2019) and the Malawi Research Practicum on Rights and Development.

He currently serves on a series of university working groups and committees and is engaged with practitioners from public, private and nonprofit organizations in the Dayton region and global networks such as JustLabs.

Prior to joining the University of Dayton, Youssef worked in development spaces with grassroot NGOs, as well as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Beirut, Lebanon as a multilingual researcher and coordinator for a series of programs in areas of education, social and economic rights, sustainability and gender and LGBTQ+ rights.

Language Proficiency

  • Arabic
  • French
  • English

Courses Taught

  • International Development (SSC 200)
  • Comparative Politics
  • Malawi Research Practicum on Rights and Development
  • Human Rights Capstone