NNAAC Fellow Marwa Fidama: I want to break down gender norms #FemaleFirefighter

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 Marwa Fidama, one of our 2016-17 fellows, in our interview with her below.


Marwa Fidama

Henry Ford College - Current Student, Firefighter/Paramedic


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

A: I want to gain the skills to become a better leader in my community. I also want to pave the way for women in my community and beyond to feel comfortable becoming firefighters, paramedics, etc. and then be able to tackle the hate and discrimination they may face because of it. I want to be able to make a difference.

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

• Encourage others 
• Provide support and recognition
• Get people to look above and beyond their self interest 
• Inspire others to go for the impossible and make it possible 
• Set clear goals
• Make a difference 
• Create an inspiring vision for the future 
• Building strong / trust - based relationships

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

A: This program fits into my future plans because I want to gain the skills to become a better leader in my community and outside my community. Given the stigma of women in predominantly male occupations, I want to begin breaking barriers in the firefighter occupation.  

Q: Describe yourself in three words. 

A: Leader, Passionate, Life-Time Learner


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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