Posted by Yasmin Hussein on January 22, 2016 in Blog
Posted on December 01, 2015 in About the Foundation
As AAI’s 30th year comes to a close, we find ourselves looking more and more to the next 30, and the new generation of leaders that will shepherd our community.
Posted by Jodutt Basrawi on November 23, 2015 in Blog
[Originally posted in the Daily Bruin]
One of the most disappointing moments for Arab Americans at UCLA occurred when I asked a room of 15 UCLA Arab and Arab-interest students about going to Harvard Arab Weekend, or HAW – the largest pan-Arab conference in the Western Hemisphere, as a UCLA delegation (with airfare and other fees almost fully covered). I received four enthusiastic yeses and 11 indifferent stares. I was shocked. The apathy across that room had rendered me speechless. Unfortunately, such incidents have been the norm among too many Arab American UCLA students, and such apathetic attitudes have led to further Arab American isolation on campus and the demise in the unity of our actions on local and national platforms.Read more
Posted by Yasmin Hussein on July 10, 2015 in Blog
Posted by Joan Hanna on June 17, 2015 in Blog
Posted by Arab American Institute on June 15, 2015 in Blog
Every summer, AAI selects a small group of interns from an applicant pool of over 100 undergraduates and recent graduates. Chosen interns are deeply involved in their communities, highly successful in their studies, often speak multiple languages, and demonstrate hard work and enthusiasm in all aspects of their lives. Interns are selected to represent AAI at a variety of organizations in Washington, DC and abroad, ranging from advocacy groups and political parties to members of Congress and government agencies.
We are looking forward to working with...Read more
Posted on May 04, 2015 in Washington Watch
Our annual Kahlil Gibran "Spirit of Humanity" Awards Dinner serves as a reminder of why we do the work we do. It speaks to us of the goals we've set for ourselves, the progress we've made, and the challenges we continue to face.
Thirty years ago, when we launched the Arab American Institute, the political forces that fought to marginalize our community were stronger than our efforts to be included. Our history and culture were denigrated; our organized efforts were excluded from mainstream political activity and discourse; and, all too often, simply being identified as an Arab American was considered...Read more
Posted on March 12, 2015 in Arab American Institute
Each month, AAI’s Generations series brings together Arab American professionals in the Washington, DC area to celebrate, learn, and network with one another. From college interns to seasoned professionals, Generations convenes talented, passionate Arab Americans from all professional backgrounds to learn from one another. The Arab American community in DC is a valuable resource for new professionals as well as a platform for our brightest leaders to develop the next generation of Arab American stars.
The Arab American Institute exists to empower Arab Americans as leaders in their community and...Read more