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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AAI Celebrates Third Annual Iftar

Posted by on July 17, 2014 in Blog
By Hanane Lahnaoui Summer Intern, 2014 The Arab American Institute hosted its third annual Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) Iftar on Tuesday, July 15th at AAI’s office. The event was well attended by young Arab American professionals and students as well as friends from the DC area.
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The Six Cent Solution: Sending Relief to Medical Clinics in the Middle East

Posted by on June 16, 2014 in Blog
By Emily Cooke Summer Intern, 2014 While there is nothing remarkable about the six cents often found on street corners or in the forgotten depths of couch cushions, Batoul Abuharb harnessed the unlikely power of a six cent text message and launched Dunia Health, a global initiative to aid overburdened medical clinics throughout the Middle East.
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White House Recognizes DACA Recipient Kamal Essaheb as “Champion of Change”

Posted by on June 03, 2014 in Blog
By Emily Cooke Summer Intern, 2014 On Monday, the White House honored a group of outstanding immigrants who had been granted legal residency under the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Kamal Essaheb, a Moroccan immigrant and leading immigration reform advocate, was among those honored.
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Arab American Young Leaders Receive Training on ACA Enrollment

Posted by on March 14, 2014 in Blog

By Firas Suqi Spring Intern, 2014

AAI hosted an Emerging Leaders Program event at our offices yesterday with Senior Policy Advisor at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Health Reform, Catherine Oakar. The event served to inform young Arab American leaders about the importance of registering for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and how to go about mobilizing the Arab American community to get enrolled in the ACA Marketplace before the coming March 31, 2014 open enrollment deadline. Oakar, a young Arab American of Syrian descent, also provided insights...

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Gabr Fellowship Brings Together Egyptian and American Leaders to Listen, Engage and Impact

Posted by on October 21, 2013 in Blog

By Marc Sabbagh Fall Intern, 2013

With a foot in two countries and knowledge of the inner workings of politics in two regions, Arab Americans uniquely understand that dialogue, discussion and engagement are necessary tools in improving the poor state of U.S.-Arab affairs and bridging the divide between two seemingly different regions and cultures.

On Saturday, AAI President James Zogby conveyed a message his mother taught him to 22 young professionals from the United States and Egypt. He said: “If you want someone to listen to you, listen to them first.” The young leaders Dr. Zogby addressed...

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New America’s Joshua Haber Visits with AAI Interns

Posted by on July 30, 2013 in Blog

By: Melanie Snail Summer 2013 InternThis past Friday, AAIF interns had the pleasure of welcoming Joshua Haber to our weekly Brownbag lecture series, where he spoke about the transition from academic to professional life, and the ins and outs of working in a think tank. AAIF’s Brownbag lecture series invites a diverse array of DC professionals to engage in discussions with interns regarding everything from foreign policy creation to the use of social media.

Not only is Mr. Haber a Research Associate for the New America Foundation’s Middle East Task Force but also a recent success...

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