Arab Americans on the Ground in 2016: California

Posted by Shadi Matar on September 28, 2016 in Blog

MESC1.jpgThe Middle Eastern Student Center (MESC) at the University of California, Riverside hosted a #YallaVote registration booth for students on campus this week. The MESC was founded in 2014 and has been a hub for Arab American students on the campus to organize and develop their political identities.

The registration booth was run by Arab American students and their Director Tina Aoun, who has been working with AAI’s #YallaVote initiative for the last three years. Aoun was excited to host the booth as it gave her students and the rest of a campus to be part of this historic election.

Throughout the day many of the students expressed the importance of voting to their colleagues and the impact that this election season will have on them.

As a graduate student in public policy, Aoun is closely watching the candidates’ positions on education policy and education funding in the United States. “We are dealing with two polar candidates, and this will have an impact on our community for the next four to eight years.”

The MESC will continue to host voter registration drives until the election and hopes to be able to reach out to the Arab American community of Southern California.

If you’re interested in  hosting a Yalla Vote event in your community please e-mail