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Arab American Heritage Month

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Congresswoman Debbie Dingell & Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, with the help of several Arab American organizing groups, issued a resolution proclaiming April to be National Arab American Heritage Month (NAAHM) in 2017. The state of Illinois designated April as Arab American Heritage Month (AAHM) in 2018 and the Department of State recognized it nationally in 2021. During April, Arabs and Arab Americans are honored and celebrated for their historical contributions, culture, traditions, history, arts, and overall social presence as a community in the United States.

Arab American Heritage Month April 2024 Programming Heading link

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The Arab American Cultural Center is partnering with a diversity of institutions at UIC and outside to celebrate and educate about Arab American history, culture, diversity, joys, pains, and identities.

At UIC, this year we are partnering with the Global Middle East Studies Working Group of the Institute for the Humanities, the Gender and Sexuality Department, the Diversity and Inclusion at UI Health.

Outside UIC, this year we are partnering with several community organizations, museums, institutions, and schools including: the Field Museum, Chicago Public Library, The Little Red School House Nature Center (Forest Preserve), D300, and more.


For details for specific events at UIC, please check our Upcoming Events page and our Social Media pages.

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National Arab American Heritage Month Celebration Hafla
National Arab American Heritage Month Celebration Hafla in Oak Park Library on April 13. Event is organized in partnership with Oak Park Neighbors for Peace in Palestine/Israel, Committee for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel Being Different Workshops, and OPRFHS MENA Student Alliance. Event will include music, crafts, storytime, games, cultural displays, food, spoken word, and more.
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D300 presents Arab American Heritage Month Event
Event is organized in partnership with the School District 300 on April 20th at 9am-12pm at. ArabAmCC is supporting with activities, crafts, presentations, and games about Arab American Heritage.
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Arab American Heritage Walk
The Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center in Willow Springs, IL is hosting an Arab American Heritage walk in partnership with the Arab American Cultural Center and the Arab American Family Services on April 14, 11am-1pm. Event will include a Guided Forest Walk, Storytelling time, Arts and Crafts. Open to Everyone.
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Hiddlen Identities: Lack of MENA Representation
Hiddlen Identities: Lack of MENA Representation in Healthcare Outcomes. The Office of Diversity and Community Health Equity is collaborating with the UIC's Arab American Cultural Center present a moderated conversation on the topic. Guest speakers include Prof. Sarah Abboud Itedal Shalabi, and Zain Alsalhani. Discussion and moderation by Zeina Zaatari. Dinner provided Register Online:

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