Posted by Ahmad Abuznaid on February 21, 2020 at 12:30 PM

On February 15, 2020, the Yalla, Count Me In! team had the chance to attend Arab Xpressions at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. We engaged community members in conversations about the #2020Census, making sure to educate the diverse crowd of students, families, and community members about our get out the count efforts and the importance of the census, all while passing out cool swag that every attendee loved. In addition to our census conversations, we assisted a student organization with its voter registration efforts using our #YallaVote resources. It was abundantly clear that students are excited about the upcoming election and want to be prepared and engaged. The event featured a range of performances from Arab American students at UM, including singing, dancing, TiK Tok skits, dabke and more. We had a blast engaging with everyone and watching the entertainment!

It was so inspiring to see the continued development of leadership and cultural pride in the Arab Student Association's members and programming. Also actively representing at the event were UM's Arab American Fraternities and sororities, some of the first in the country. When I asked some of the students what motivated them to found their own fraternity or sorority, they answered that they wanted to build an organization that would push Arab Americans to excel and take on leadership roles on their campus and in their communities. I look forward to seeing what these young leaders continue to build because their efforts & motivation will lay the groundwork for an empowered Arab American community at UM and beyond.

Learn more about the national Get Out the Count Census campaign for Arab Americans, Yalla, Count Me In!, by visiting www.yallacountmein.org.

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