NNAAC Fellow Husam Marajda: I want to decolonize the movie industry

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 Husam Marajda, one of our 2016-17 fellows, in our interview with him below.


Husam Marajda

Arab American Action Network | Chicago, Ill.
DePaul University, Computer Science


Q: Why did you join the Transformative Leaders Fellowship program? 

A: I decided to join the fellowship because I want to get to know my Arab American community locally and nationally. 

Q: What personal or professional goals do you want to achieve during this program?

A: I want to get to know my community more. I want to learn how to be a better youth educator and organizer. I also want to learn more about grant writing. 

Q: How does this program fit into your future plans? 

A: This fellowship will help me develop my leadership skills further, and help me develop youth education skills since I want to work with the youth in the future. 

Q: Describe yourself in three words. 

A: Student, Enthusiastic, Nostalgic 


The National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) Transformative Leaders Fellowship Program (formerly the Youth 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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