First Arab American Summit to explore incredible journey of Arab American community


Summit to be a powerful, two-day convention of nation's foremost leaders, advocates, students and allies

DEARBORN, Mich.—Leaders, advocates, students and allies from across the country will gather at The Arab American Summit—an exceptional, dynamic, first of its kind symposium convened by the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC)—on Nov. 7 and 8, 2015.


The Arab American Summit will feature forums on issues facing the Arab American community and strategies for overcoming them; workshops on nonprofit management, leadership, activism and advocacy; and a special youth track for high school students.


Saturday, Nov. 7 (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. – followed by the Summit’s Change Makers Dinner at 7 p.m.) through Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015 (9 a. m. – 4 p. m)


DoubleTree Detroit-Dearborn, 5801 Southfield Expressway, Dearborn, MI 48126


National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC), a program of ACCESS, along with several distinguished leaders, including:

  • Leila Abdelrazaq, Graphic Artist and Author of Baddawi
  • Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, Founding Editor-in-Chief,
  • Dr. Evelyn Alsultany, Director, Arab and Muslim American Studies Program, University of Michigan
  • Danielle Atkinson, Director, Mothering Justice
  • Jocelyn Benson, Dean, Wayne State University Law School
  • Khaled Beydoun, Assistant Professor of Law, Barry School of Law
  • Piper Carter, Photographer and Hip Hop Graffiti Artist
  • Leslie Crutchfield, Senior Advisor, FSG, Co-Author, Forces For Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Non-Profits
  • Samer Khalaf, President, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
  • Farhana Khera, Executive Director, Muslim Advocates
  • Vivek Malhotra, Director for Civil and Human Rights, Ford Foundation
  • Corey Saylor, National Legislative Director, Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) 
  • Rashida Tlaib, Community Partnership & Development Director, Sugar Law Center for Economic & Social Justice

Expect outstanding speakers and experts presenting on various topics for an informative and exciting Summit experience. The Summit includes a Community Forum series that will engage all Summit participants with thought-provoking sessions on justice, community change and issues related to refugees. Join us on Saturday, Nov. 7  for the Change Makers Dinner and get a chance to mingle and dine with distinguished leaders and trailblazers, including our Breakthrough Awardee Ayman Mohyeldin, Foreign Correspondent for NBC News and Anchor for MSNBC; Emerging Leader Awardee Sara El-Amine, Executive Director of the grassroots nonprofit Organizing for Action (OFA); and Spirit of Service Awardee Ali Baleed Almaklani, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Yemen American Benevolent Association (YABA). 

Register today at to attend The Arab American Summit!

About The National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC)

The National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC), a program of ACCESS, is a national consortium of 24 independent Arab American community-based organizations. Its mission is the development of Arab American community-based nonprofit organizations that understand, meet the needs and represent the concerns of Arab Americans at a local level while collectively addressing those issues at a national level.

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