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

The poster has bold letters at the top announcing that this is a report launch event. Below that in the middle 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 and to the right is the event date, time, and location. In the background is a map of the globe with Arab countries outlined in a stylized pattern. Below the title is the description of the event.

Legacies of Racism Event

On February 13, 2023, UIC’s Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy and co-sponsor Moraine Valley Community College held an event launching the latest report by IRRPP that captures the conditions and experiences of Arab Americans in the Chicagoland area. Presenters and panelists discussed the report, which 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.