AAI Intern Alum Awarded Fulbright Award

Posted by Meredith Pahowka on April 17, 2017 in Blog
AAI Intern Alum Nicole Khamis Awarded Fulbright
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It’s Unanimous! Montgomery County Ed Board Declares #ArabAmericanHeritageMonth

Posted by Joan Hanna on April 07, 2017 in Blog

Montgomery County in Maryland is home to the largest population of Arab Americans in the state so it comes as welcome news that the county’s Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jack Smith, and the Board of Education, declared April “Arab American Heritage Month.”

In the proclamation, Dr. Smith recognizes the many achievements of Arab Americans from the local to the national level: “For decades, Arab Americans have made valuable contributions to virtually every aspect of American life: science, medicine, education, business, culture, and government…Arab Americans have added to the...

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Arab American Heritage Month Kicked Off With Style in DC

Posted by Heba Mohammad on April 06, 2017 in Blog

An energized crowd turned out for the kickoff of National Arab American Heritage Month hosted by ArabAmerica.com on April 5. As attendees enjoyed traditional Middle Eastern food and a surprise dabkah performance, they reveled in the uniqueness of their shared Arab heritage while celebrating the community’s many achievements. Several special guests were in attendance to deliver messages of unity and hope. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser reaffirmed her support for Arab Americans at the event, calling the community an invaluable asset to the city, and...

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AAI's National Policy Council Briefed on Hate Crimes

Posted by Joan Hanna on March 28, 2017 in Blog

Hate crimes have tragically been on the rise over the past few years. In particular, there has been a surge in hate crimes against Arab Americans and American Muslims. During our monthly National Policy Council (NPC) call, two Department of Justice representatives: acting Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, Tom Wheeler, and Special Counsel for Religious Discrimination for the Civil Rights Division, Eric Treene, joined community leaders to hear concerns and answer questions. Both Mr. Wheeler and Mr. Treene emphasized their commitment to prosecuting hate crimes while...

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Gibran Gala Celebrates Our Community's Values

Posted by Maha Elsamahi on March 13, 2017 in Blog

For the past 19 years, the Arab American Institute Foundation has hosted the Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards every spring to recognize the cultural, political, and civic achievements of the Arab American Community. Since its inception, AAIF has honored individuals and institutions who represent the very best of the arts, sciences, politics, and business. Named in honor of the great poet who hailed from Lebanon, the gala seeks to pay tribute to Gibran’s legacy of love, tolerance, and generosity by honoring those in our community and beyond who embody these values. 

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For #IWD Here's a Few Arab American Women Who've Made a Difference

Posted by Guest on March 08, 2017 in Blog

By Raneem Alkhatib Women have made significant contributions worldwide and in all aspects of daily life. Today on International Women’s Day, we celebrate and highlight the accomplishments of women everywhere. Here’s a few Arab American women who’ve made a difference. Christa McAuliffe, who was of Lebanese descent, was a teacher from New Hampshire and a participant in the NASA Teacher in Space Project. On January 28, 1986 Christa and the rest of the crew aboard the Space...

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AAI Interns Visit Al Jazeera Headquarters

Posted by Guest on February 24, 2017 in Blog

By Raneem Alkhatib As AAI interns, we made a trip to Al Jazeera’s U.S headquarters in DC, on February 24. Al Jazeera covers a wide range of global news, through its television broadcasts, social media and website. Based in Doha, Qatar, Al Jazeera has bureaus all around the world – including Sao Paulo, London, New Delhi, Berlin, Moscow, Toronto, Nairobi, and Tokyo. Omar Baddar, an alumni of the Arab American Institute, and a producer at Al Jazeera, welcomed us inside for a tour on a quiet...

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Helen Abbott: Individual Agent for Change

Posted by Guest on February 16, 2017 in Blog

By Samantha Leathley Individual acts of charity and excellence are what truly lead to lasting change. Helen Abbott, a humanitarian and philanthropist who arrived in Florida’s Fort Pierce Lincoln Park Community in 1989 is a moving example of this truth.  Florida is rarely highlighted in Americans’ perceptions as a nexus of racial injustice. However, as the state’s status as a tourist destination grew following the Civil War, housing segregation targeting African Americans was rigorously enforced, as a key component of larger efforts to...

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Scholarships, Internships – Opportunities Abound

Posted by Maha Elsamahi on February 10, 2017 in Blog

Every year, the Arab American Institute Foundation awards two $1,000 scholarships and one $500 grant to accomplished Arab American students. Known as the Helen Abbott Community Service Awards, these scholarships were made possible through a generous donation by Helen Abbot—a longtime friend of the Institute. Past awardees have been committed to serving their communities, excelled academically, and demonstrated a strong sense of pride in their Arab American identity. A dedicated humanitarian and philanthropist, Ms. Abbott spent her life committed to improving her community and helping others. After moving to Fort Pierce, Florida in 1989,...

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From Sea to Shining Sea, Communities are Standing Against the Muslim Ban

Posted by Joan Hanna on February 09, 2017 in Blog

From California to New Jersey, and places in between, like Michigan, local governments are standing for immigrants and refugees.   Fahim Abedrabbo was elected in November to the Clifton, New Jersey Board of Education. (BOE) Because Clifton is a diverse, ethnically and religiously rich city, Abedrabbo wanted support the city’s children, regardless of immigration status so he introduced a resolution to that effect. “There has been a [U.S.] law protecting student identities and we as the BOE have an obligation to protect our kids, no matter...

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