Posted on May 16, 2018 in Action Alerts
This morning, the Senate added the confirmation of Kenneth Marcus to the Executive Calendar, meaning a vote can come as early as tomorrow. Marcus has been nominated for the position of Assistant Secretary of the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Education.
His appointment would be a huge setback for civil rights protections in our academic environment. Marcus has been a longtime advocate for the adoption of an overly-broad, political definition of anti-Semitism, which includes criticism of the state of Israel. This is just one of the many ways his appointment would undermine civil rights protections in academia....Read more
Posted by Arab American Institute on February 07, 2018 in Blog
The Senate is about to vote on the nomination of Kenneth Marcus for the position of Assistant Secretary of the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Education. His appointment would be a huge setback for civil rights protections in our academic environment.
Marcus has been a longtime advocate for the adoption of an overly-broad, political definition of anti-Semitism, which includes criticism of the state of Israel. This is just one of the many ways his appointment would undermine civil rights protections in academia. Check out our letter for more details.
Posted by Rawan Elbaba on September 06, 2017 in Blog
We like you have just heard the breaking news of the administration's intent to end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Admissions). More than 800,000 young people, including Arab Americans, will be devastated by this policy change. To keep our families whole, we need Congress to ACT NOW! Please take a moment to stand up for these families by asking your members to support the DREAM Act. You can do so by clicking here. Of course, as we stand up for DACA, we also need to prepare our students to...Read more
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...Read more
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,...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more