Meet 2018 - 19 NNAAC Fellow Dunia Alawi!

NNAAC’s Transformative Leaders Fellowship Program develops crucial leadership skills in select university students and recent graduates across the country through an ongoing partnership with our various member organizations. These aspiring young adults learn more about the issues facing Arab American communities, see how nonprofits are managed, and work toward creating a personal professional growth plan.

Get to know Dunia Alawi, one of our 2018-19 fellows, in our interview with her below.

Dunia Alawi

Palestinian American Community Center

Why did you join the Leadership Fellowship?
I joined the Transformative Leaders Fellowship program to gain first-hand experience in the organization and administrative aspect of a non-profit that is locally based in my community.

What is your favorite quality about your host-site organization?
I plan to attend Law School and this fellowship with help me gain invaluable experience to prepare me for graduate school.

How does this program fit into your future plans?
My favorite quality about PACC is that it is very involved with the local community, so working with them allows you to make a direct difference.

What is a personal goal that you would like to achieve?
I want to be able to implement small changes to increase the efficiency of the center and gain larger crowds during events.

What is a professional goal that you would like to achieve?
I want to be able to learn more about the administrative side of non-profit work and grow my network.

Why do you think programs like this are important?
I think that it's important for programs like this to exist in the Arab American community because we need to support each other and use one another's resources to help each other do great things!

Describe yourself in three words.
A detailed, passionate Palestinian!

The National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) Transformative Leaders Fellowship Program increases the capacity of our member organizations to provide additional support to their communities, while at the same time develops crucial leadership skills in the fellows themselves. The program engages college students and/or recent graduates over a nine-month placement with a NNAAC member organization. Fellows are recruited by NNAAC members locally, and in partnership with universities. Learn more.

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