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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.


Arab American Bruins must defeat apathy, advocate at national level

Posted by Jodutt Basrawi on November 23, 2015 in Blog

2000px-UCLA_bruins_textlogo.svg.png[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.

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AAI Celebrates 4th Annual American Generations Iftar

Posted by Yasmin Hussein on July 10, 2015 in Blog
Last night the Arab American Institute hosted our 4th annual Arab American Generations Iftar. Over 100 summer interns, students and professionals from all around the DMV area gathered at the AAI headquarters to break fast and share a meal together.
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AAI and NAAP-DC Host Annual Summer Speed Networking Event

Posted by Joan Hanna on June 17, 2015 in Blog
AAI partnered with the DC chapter of the Network of Arab-American Professionals (NAAP-DC) to host our annual speed networking event in Washington, DC last night. Over sixty people joined us to grab an appetizer and get to know one another before taking part in a fast and fun speed networking loop. Arab American students, interns, and professionals - representing a variety of career fields from government, to non profits, media, and medicine - had a great time meeting new people and learning about interesting work Arab Americans are involved in.
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Meet Our 2015 Summer Interns

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...

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A Night to Remember

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...

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Arab American Generations

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...

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Clinton International Summer School Sparks a Flame for Young Palestinian

Posted by on August 01, 2014 in Blog
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.
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Announcing the 2014 Helen Abbott Community Service Awards Recipients

Posted by Joan Hanna on July 21, 2014 in Blog
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.
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Bronzing Over Depictions of a Divided Syria

Posted by on July 18, 2014 in Blog
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.
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