Hidden Damages: The Lasting Impact of Trump’s Budget on Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Posted by Guest on July 13, 2017 in Blog

By Sarah Decker

“One of the most damaging but least talked about components of Trump’s Budget is its proposal to terminate public service loan forgiveness.”

When asked what she was most concerned about with the new administration’s 2018 budget, SurvJustice founder Laura Dunn was clear: the elimination of the program that enabled her to pursue her passion and start a national nonprofit. A survivor of campus sexual assault herself, Dunn explained the lasting downfall of such a proposal during a congressional briefing held by AAI on July 6th. “We cannot have this generation rise up and work in public service...

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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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Arab Americans On Front Lines of Combatting Classroom Hate & Harassment

Posted by Joan Hanna on December 20, 2016 in Blog

Amidst the alarming trend of increased hate crimes and harassment in classrooms across America – Arab Americans are stepping up to help educate students and teachers in an effort to temper the problem. 

Shadi Matar, an AAI alumnus and current member of our National Policy Council, recently presented on Arab and Arab American culture at Woodcrest Christian High School in Riverside, California last week. The presentation was part of the school’s student-led Cultural Diversity Club. Alexandria Frank, a co-founder of the club, said her aim was to create a space for...

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Together We Came: Dr. Mohamed El-Erian

Posted by Natalie Nisco-Frank on June 22, 2016 in Blog

Wildly successful economist, academic, journalist, author and consultant, Dr. Mohamed El-Erian, was no match for his 10-year-old daughter who revealed to him in an astute letter the one job where he wasn’t exceeding expectations: being her dad. This letter poignantly listed 22 milestones, “from her first day at school… to a Halloween parade,” that her father had missed that year due to his demanding work schedule. And just like that, El-Erian went from overseeing the management of almost $2 trillion of assets for PIMCO to co-scheduling a private father-daughter holiday with a...

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Shining a Light on Teachers: Melody Arabo Excels

Posted by Joan Hanna on May 06, 2016 in Blog

Arab Americans can be found in all professions and industries, so it should come as no surprise that many of them shine in the field of education. For the past three years, Michigan’s Department of Education has selected teachers, who happen to be Arab American, as Teacher of the Year. Melody Arabo is one of these, honored with the title in 2015 and for good reason. Arabo has been a third grade teacher at Keith Elementary in Walled Lake, Michigan for the last 14 years. Recognized for...

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Meet our 2016 Spring Interns

Posted by Yasmin Hussein on February 05, 2016 in Blog
We are looking forward to working with our Spring 2016 interns, selected from a competitive field for their impressive history, experience, and motivation. Each person has unique skill sets and many have already produced excellent research and reports. Learn more about this spring's interns here and look out for their work on our blog!
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Department of Education Pushes Back Against Discrimination

Posted by Rawan Elbaba on January 20, 2016 in Blog
The Department of Education (DOE) is urging schools and colleges across the country to thwart any harassment and discrimination based on race, religion, or national origin. In an open letter to educational leaders, former Education Secretary Arne Duncan and acting Secretary John B. King, Jr. discuss the importance of ensuring a safe learning environment for students at a “time when fear and anger are heightened, and when public debate sometimes results in the dissemination of misinformation.”
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Organizing for Arab American Professional Excellence

Posted by Rawan Elbaba on October 09, 2015 in Blog
Arab Americans are an integral part of America's growth and success with individuals from the community leading in a range of professional fields from science and medicine, to engineering and architecture and beyond. The Arab American Association of Engineers and Architects (AAAEA) is one of the many professional organizations in the United States that mobilizes Arab American professionals in their respected fields. AAAEA is dedicated to helping professionals and students in the fields of engineering, architecture and computer science network with one another via various social, technical and educational events. In an interview, Maher Abdel-qader, a co-founder and current President of the Tri-state area chapter of AAAEA, spoke about their mission, how they organize their members around issues that are important to Arab Americans and the organization’s annual gala.
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Farewell to our Summer 2015 Interns

Posted by Yasmin Hussein on August 14, 2015 in Blog
As the summer comes to an end, so does another chapter of phenomenal interns with us here at AAI. From the beginning of June to mid-August, our summer interns have worked tirelessly in the areas of government relations, research, communications and programming. From attending hearings on Capitol Hill, assisting in organizing briefings and touring government landmarks like the Department of State and White House; our interns got hands on experience on the ins and outs of Washington, DC.
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The War of Narratives

Posted by Nicole Khamis on August 06, 2015 in Blog
In the battle to control the narrative of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on campuses, Title VI funding for Middle East Studies is caught in the crossfire. As the 10th reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA) will be completed by the end of this year, threats to completely defund Middle East Programs created by Title VI are mounting, and should be a concern for all who believe in the integrity of academia.
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