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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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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