Posted by Tess Waggoner on February 24, 2020 in Blog
As part of the Arab American Generations series, AAI jointly hosted a speed networking event with the D.C. chapter of the Network of Arab American Professionals (NAAP-DC) on February 19, 2020. Arab Americans from a variety of professional sectors gathered at The Green Zone, an award-winning D.C. bar run by Arab American entrepreneur Chris Hassaan Francke. Attendees were able to mingle and interact with each other, as well as hear from AAI staff about our ongoing efforts with the Yalla Vote and Yalla, Count Me...Read more
Posted by Tess Waggoner on January 24, 2020 in Blog
Over fifty attendees gathered on Thursday, January 23, 2020 for the first Arab American Generations program hosted at our office in Washington, DC this year. The gathering and discussion brought together Arab Americans and others for an evening with journalist Joyce Karam, Washington Correspondent for The National and adjunct professor at The George Washington University. In an intimate conversation with our Executive Director, Maya Berry, Joyce spoke frankly with attendees about navigating the journalism industry, the role of social media and the...Read more
Posted by Tess Waggoner on January 21, 2020 in Blog
The great Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Why should there be hunger and deprivation in any land, in any city, at any table, when man has the resources and the scientific know-how to provide all mankind with the basic necessities of life? There is no deficit in human resources. The deficit is in human will.”
On Sunday, January 19th, 2020, we summoned that human will to honor Dr. King's profound legacy for MLK Day of Service. Arab American Generations series participants...Read more
Posted on January 17, 2020 in Calendar
Our mission at the Arab American Institute Foundation is to encourage, recognize, and celebrate Arab American participation in American civic life, and to cultivate and mobilize a strong, educated, empowered Arab American community that can play a meaningful role in the betterment of our country.
The first Arab American Heritage Month Holiday Souk will be held at the Arab American Institute Foundation’s offices on Saturday, April 18, 2020. We aim to raise awareness of the variety and quality of Arab American products, celebrate the contributions of Arab American entrepreneurs, and shop together.
We are delighted to support Arab American entrepreneurs and creators in the Washington, D.C. area by providing a space to sell their products to the community. Interested in tabling? Contact us.
About the Arab American Generations Series
Each month, AAI’s Generations Series brings together Arab American professionals in the Washington, D.C. area to celebrate, learn, and network with one another. From college interns to seasoned professionals, Generations convenes talented and passionate Arab Americans from diverse backgrounds for intimate conversations on lessons and best practices navigating careers in public service and beyond.
Prepare to be inspired!
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Posted by Tess Waggoner on October 18, 2019 in Blog
The Arab American Institute Foundation was delighted to host Emel Mathlouthi in concert at the historic Lincoln Theatre on Thursday, October 17, 2019, in partnership with the Artistic Freedom Initiative, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and the American Tunisia Association. The performance marked the last stop of her North America tour for her latest album, Everywhere We Looked Was Burning, released on September 27, 2019 by Partisan Records.
After Mathlouthi’s performance at the 21st annual Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards last spring, where we presented her with an...Read more
Posted by Guest on July 03, 2019 in Blog
To celebrate the last week of Ramadan, on June 30th, 2019, AAI hosted its annual Generations Iftar. A packed room of community members gathered together to break their fast and connect to one another in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The iftar was filled with an amalgamation of people from different backgrounds, exchanging laughter, sharing meals, and merging cultures.
This year, the event was held to raise money for an organization based in Lebanon called Basmeh & Zeitoonah. Basmeh & Zeitooneh was created by a...Read more
Posted by Guest on June 17, 2019 in Blog
On Saturday, June 15th, the Arab American Institute and the Washington D.C chapter of the Network of Arab American Professionals (NAAP-DC) partnered to lead a service project for 15th annual National Arab American Service Day. Volunteers participated in a tree planting at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in northeast D.C with Casey Trees, a nonprofit dedicated to “restoring, enhancing and protecting the tree canopy of the nation’s capital.”
Participants were divided into groups of 4 and were led by volunteers from Casey Trees, who guided and helped the...Read more
Posted by Guest on January 22, 2018 in Blog
By Mona Ahmed
“Moral shocks will motivate people to come out when they have little or no personal connection to political issues,” argued Dr. Dana Fisher, as she elaborated on how social movements develop and sustain momentum. She shared this, and other important perspectives as part of the first Arab American Institute Foundation Generations’ event of 2018. The talk was also the first in a three-part Generations series examining civic participation and movements for change that will focus on two questions: What...Read more
Posted by Heba Mohammad on May 02, 2017 in Blog
As a new member of the D.C. community, I am eager to partake in my first Arab American Service Day with the Arab American Institute. Growing up, my parents emphasized the importance of giving back whenever we could. Volunteering became second nature for me---it’s the contribution we make to live in happy, healthy communities. As an adult, I now realize it also had a secondary meaning for my family: it was our way of thanking our hometown for giving two Palestinian immigrants a fresh start. My experience is not...Read more
Posted by Guest on April 28, 2017 in Blog
Arab American Leadership Days 2017 started on Thursday with a community conversation on effective advocacy strategy and a timely debriefing on surveillance, immigration, hate crimes, and Palestine. To open the morning’s discussions, Maya Berry, Executive Director of AAI, began by explaining the importance of using local advocacy as a tool to address the many challenges facing the Arab American community and prompt change throughout the country. AAI’s Advocacy Roadmap is an example of this ‘act local’ approach; it contains scripts, guidelines, and tips that...Read more