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Emerging Leaders Program

AAI's Emerging Leaders ProgramAAI's National Summit in October 2010 was a success in many ways, but one of the highlights was the number of young participants and the level of input we received from the young professionals who attended. It is clear that our community has a wealth of young professionals fully engaged in important work, from helping to set policy on the Hill to working in one of our many community-based organizations. To better engage with our community's emerging leaders and to benefit from their talents, energy, and ideas, AAI has created an Emerging Leaders Program. As part of the program, we launched a monthly networking series. Each month, Arab American students and professionals have the chance to meet and interact with each other, and hear from prominent Arab Americans about their work, their involvement in public service, and what being an Arab American has meant to them throughout their career.

Previous events had speakers such as Chris Mansour, Director, Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs in the US Dept of Interior;  George Selim, Policy Advisor in Office of Civil Rights & Civil Liberties at DHS; Hady Amr, Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Middle East at USAID; and AAI's President Dr. Zogby. We have also held our monthly event at the Tunisian Ambassador's residence, in conjunction with the Tunisian American Young Professionals.

2013 will include even more programming created specifically for Arab Americans, and it may be coming to a city near you - please email Joan if you are interested in helping to host an Emerging Leader Event at your school or organization. We also encourage young leaders to participate in our leadership summits, town halls, and service day projects. For more ways to get involved, please sign up here.

ELP News

Clinton International Summer School Sparks a Flame for Young Palestinian

August 01, 2014 — Blog

Clinton International Summer School Sparks a Flame for Young Palestinian

By Elizabeth Adams
Summer Intern, 2014

On the 28th of June, the Clinton International Summer School welcomed twenty exceptional students from the farthest reaches of the world to their International Summer Program in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The program is an opportunity for young leaders from underserved communities to come together in a show of brilliant diversity to learn about community engagement, business leadership, and entrepreneurship, all while building life-long ties with other future leaders. Read More »

Announcing the 2014 Helen Abbott Community Service Awards Recipients

July 21, 2014 — Blog

Announcing the 2014 Helen Abbott Community Service Awards Recipients

The Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF) is delighted to announce that the 2014 Helen Abbott Community Service Awards have been awarded to Maisune Elhaija and Judy Mualem. Each year, AAIF awards outstanding students for their leadership and dedication to serving their communities. Read More »

Bronzing Over Depictions of a Divided Syria

July 18, 2014 — Blog

Bronzing Over Depictions of a Divided Syria

By Emily Cooke
Summer Intern, 2014

In war torn Syria, artillery shells litter the rubble of destroyed homes and cultural heritage sites; but in an art studio in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, the beginnings of the bronze bust of late Syrian poet, Nizar Qabbani, sits waiting to immortalize this Syrian history now vulnerable to the destruction of war. Read More »

AAI Celebrates Third Annual Iftar

July 17, 2014 — Blog

AAI Celebrates Third Annual Iftar

By Hanane Lahnaoui
Summer Intern, 2014

The Arab American Institute hosted its third annual Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) Iftar on Tuesday, July 15th at AAI’s office. The event was well attended by young Arab American professionals and students as well as friends from the DC area. Read More »

White House Recognizes DACA Recipient Kamal Essaheb as “Champion of Change”

June 19, 2014 — Blog

White House Recognizes DACA Recipient Kamal Essaheb as “Champion of Change”

By Emily Cooke
Summer Intern, 2014

On Monday, the White House honored a group of outstanding immigrants who had been granted legal residency under the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Kamal Essaheb, a Moroccan immigrant and leading immigration reform advocate, was among those honored. Read More »

The Six Cent Solution: Sending Relief to Medical Clinics in the Middle East

June 16, 2014 — Blog

The Six Cent Solution: Sending Relief to Medical Clinics in the Middle East

By Emily Cooke
Summer Intern, 2014

While there is nothing remarkable about the six cents often found on street corners or in the forgotten depths of couch cushions, Batoul Abuharb harnessed the unlikely power of a six cent text message and launched Dunia Health, a global initiative to aid overburdened medical clinics throughout the Middle East. Read More »

Arab American Young Leaders Receive Training on ACA Enrollment

March 14, 2014 — Blog

Arab American Young Leaders Receive Training on ACA Enrollment

By Firas Suqi
Spring Intern, 2014

AAI hosted an Emerging Leaders Program event at our offices yesterday with Senior Policy Advisor at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Health Reform, Catherine Oakar. The event served to inform young Arab American leaders about the importance of registering for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and how to go about mobilizing the Arab American community to get enrolled in the ACA Marketplace before the coming March 31, 2014 open enrollment deadline. Oakar, a young Arab American of Syrian descent, also provided insights on her career path and the challenges of working such an expansive health policy rollout. Read More »

Gabr Fellowship Brings Together Egyptian and American Leaders to Listen, Engage and Impact

October 21, 2013 — Blog

Gabr Fellowship Brings Together Egyptian and American Leaders to Listen, Engage and Impact

By Marc Sabbagh
Fall Intern, 2013
On Saturday, AAI President James Zogby conveyed a message his mother taught him to 22 young professionals from the United States and Egypt. He said: “If you want someone to listen to you, listen to them first.” The young leaders Dr. Zogby addressed make up the inaugural class of The Shafik Gabr Fellowship, a prestigious, multi-faceted program incepted by Shafik Gabr, prominent Egyptian businessman, through the Gabr Foundation’s East-West Dialogue Initiative. In addition to developing actionable projects and forging cross-cultural connections with each other, the fellows will spend two weeks in major U.S. cities meeting with policy experts, media representatives and business leaders to engage in frank discussions about problems impacting both regions. Read More »

New America’s Joshua Haber Visits with AAI Interns

July 30, 2013 — Blog

New America’s Joshua Haber Visits with AAI Interns

By: Melanie Snail
Summer 2013 Intern
This past Friday, AAIF interns had the pleasure of welcoming Joshua Haber to our weekly Brownbag lecture series, where he spoke about the transition from academic to professional life, and the ins and outs of working in a think tank. AAIF’s Brownbag lecture series invites a diverse array of DC professionals to engage in discussions with interns regarding everything from foreign policy creation to the use of social media. Read More »

Al Jazeera’s Jennifer Salan visits AAI interns

June 21, 2013 — Blog

Al Jazeera’s Jennifer Salan visits AAI interns

By Matt Haugen
Summer 2013 Intern

As part of our weekly Brownbag lecture series, Jennifer Salan came and spoke with summer interns. Salan, who currently serves as the Senior Producer on Al Jazeera’s The Stream, is a former AAI Communications Director who got her start in television working on Viewpoint with James Zogby. Read More »

Laura Hammad: An Arab American Voice in Florida

April 04, 2012 — Blog

Laura Hammad: An Arab American Voice in Florida

By Dalal Hillou
Laura Hammad, a Palestinian-American lawyer who is working with the Florida Young Democrats, is representing the Arab American community and fighting back against stereotypes and bigotry. Read More »