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Feb 13 2023

Beyond Erasure and Profiling: Cultivating Strong and Vibrant Arab American Communities in Chicagoland

Legacies of Racism

February 13, 2023

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CST)


Moraine Valley Community College


Business & Conference Center (M building), Moraine Room 2, 9000 College Pkwy, Palos Hills, IL 60465

The poster has bold letters at the top announcing that this is a report launch event. Below that on the right is a drawing of an olive tree and next to that on the left is the title of the event in black and gold letters. In the background is a map of the globe with Arab countries outlined in a stylized pattern. Below the title of the event is the date, time, and location for the event in black letters. Below that is the description of the event in two paragraphs and at the bottom of the poster is the IRRPP logo in red.

About the event: Join UIC’s Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy and co-sponsor Moraine Valley Community College for an event launching the latest report by IRRPP that captures the conditions and experiences of Arab Americans in the Chicagoland area. The report uses demographic research, surveys, focus group data, as well as expert commentaries by organizers and academics to analyze how systemic inequities and anti-Arab/anti-Muslim racism affect the lives of Arab Americans in employment, education, health care, housing, and policing. The report engages with the diversity of experiences among Arab American communities and their common challenge in navigating being at once hypervisible as a result of commonplace stereotypes as well as invisible due to being classified as white by government agencies and due to the general lack of knowledge about Arab Americans in our society.

This report was created with funding support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and a UIC Award for Creative Activity and produced in partnership with several Chicagoland Arab American community organizations: UIC's Arab American Cultural Center, Arab American Action Network, Arab American Family Services, Middle Eastern Immigrant and Refugee Alliance, Sanad Social Services, and the Syrian Community Network. By mapping the challenges facing these communities and making proposals for change, the report will be used as a resource for advocates working to build strong and vibrant Arab American communities.

Speakers include:
Suzanne Akhras Sahloul, Syrian Community Network
Othman Al Ani, Middle Eastern Immigrant and Refugee Alliance
Souzan Naser, Arab American Action Network
Miriam Mohamed, Aden Center
Itedal Shalabi, Arab American Family Services

We will have copies of the report available for attendees. There will be refreshments at the event, and there is parking at Moraine Valley Community College.

Registration is required. Please fill out the fields below to register for the report launch event.

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About the series: Events in the Legacies of Racism Series deepen our understanding of the challenges and possibilities of policy efforts to address longstanding racial inequality. Legacies of Racism events build on the themes from our State of Racial Justice in Chicago reports and explore the recent and historic origins of racial and ethnic inequities and ask questions about what it means to try to repair systematic harm done to people and communities.



Date posted

Jan 14, 2023

Date updated

Feb 20, 2023