Arab Americans on the Ground in California

Posted by Shadi Matar on September 28, 2016 in Blog
The Middle Eastern Student Center (MESC) at the University of California, Riverside hosted a #YallaVote registration booth for students on campus this week. The MESC was founded in 2014 and has been a hub for Arab American students on the campus to organize and develop their political identities.
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Join AAI for the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance

Posted by Yasmin Hussein on September 01, 2016 in Blog

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the tragic terrorist attacks on 9/11. Every year since then, AAI has proudly joined groups across the country in commemorating the victims and first responders by participating in the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance. This year, the national day of service falls on Saturday, September 10th and we would love for you to join us. We’re excited to be working in partnership with Day To Serve, an initiative that brings together residents in DC, MD, VA, and...

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Service: An Arab American Value

Posted by Yasmin Hussein on May 11, 2016 in Blog

Growing up as an Arab American in South Florida, my parents focused on ensuring an awareness of how blessed we were. The values of community service and giving back to my community were instilled at a young age. My mother always taught my sister and I that giving back to those in need comes first because in reality we had all that we needed. My mother also taught us that whatever good we do and whatever vibes we put out into the world, are returned tenfold.  These values of giving back and...

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AAIF Awards 4 Students with the Helen Abbott Scholarship

Posted by Yasmin Hussein on April 21, 2016 in Blog

The Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF) is happy to announce the 2016 Helen Abbott Community Service Awards have been awarded to four phenomenal Arab American students; Catherine Kilada, Omar Mansour, Tamara Matar and Nour Sulaiman. For the past 17 years, AAIF has been awarding exceptional Arab American students for their leadership and dedication to community service. Helen Abbott is remembered for her lifelong commitment to improving the lives of those around her, including building 22 homes for disadvantaged families in her Fort Pierce, Florida area. She was an unwavering supporter of the Arab American Institute Foundation, and made...

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Young Arab Americans Sit Down with Journalist Hannah Allam

Posted by Fadel Nabilsi on March 21, 2016 in Blog

For the Arab American Generations program, AAI arranged a gathering and discussion with journalist Hannah Allam of McClatchy Newspapers. Over 50 attendees gathered at our office in Washington, DC, where they networked and enjoyed some great Arabic food like falafel, shawarma, hummus, and tabbouleh.  Our Executive Director, Maya Berry kicked off the discussion with engaging questions to Ms. Allam who shared stories on her dream job growing up (which just so happens to be the same one she has now), memories of her role model, the late Anthony Shadid,...

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AAI Interns Visit Al Jazeera English

Posted by Fadel Nabilsi on March 02, 2016 in Blog

 The AAI spring interns visited Al Jazeera English’s studios in Washington, DC. While there, the interns watched a live taping of their online show, “The Stream.”  Interns got the opportunity to see what goes into producing a live web show and witnessed the many people and different moving parts it takes to make the show run smoothly. It was extremely interesting gaining insight into this, especially since none of the interns had ever seen “behind the scenes” of television production. Interns also got to meet some AAI Alumni currently working at...

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Meet our 2016 Spring Interns

Posted by Yasmin Hussein on February 05, 2016 in Blog
We are looking forward to working with our Spring 2016 interns, selected from a competitive field for their impressive history, experience, and motivation. Each person has unique skill sets and many have already produced excellent research and reports. Learn more about this spring's interns here and look out for their work on our blog!
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A Network of Aspiring Arab American Leaders

Posted by Yasmin Hussein on January 22, 2016 in Blog
Each month, as part of our Arab American Generations program, we hold an event in the Washington, DC area for Arab American young professionals, aspiring politicians, public servants, or individuals who want to be at the heart of politics. The young Arab American community in Washington, DC represents a future generation of public servants, thought leaders, journalists and more, and we at AAI strive to provide a platform for our future leaders.
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This #GivingTuesday, invest in our community's future

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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