Join us for a variety of events in celebration of Arab American History Month! Sponsored by Multicultural Student Affairs and the Celebrating Diversity Committee.

Curated Collection
Throughout April we are honoring and celebrating Arab authors and their outstanding books. We have curated a collection of important titles in Arab American literature and thought. Alongside some titles, authors provide a glimpse into their work and share their journey as writers of color. Please check out our online Arab Heritage Month Curated Collection. Most books are also available through the Jenkins Library, Building L, second floor.

 

Send a Big Message: Letters for Palestine
Students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate in a letter-writing campaign to express their love, rage, solidarity, and commitment to the steadfast people of Palestine and Gaza, in particular. Participants can email members of Congress directly to demand a permanent ceasefire. Individuals also can affirm their solidarity with Palestinians by submitting a letter of support to the people of Palestine or including a copy of your email to your congressperson. If you would like your letters and artwork featured online and on display in the Jenkins Library, please email them to Souzan Naser nasers2@morainevalley.edu or Sundus Madi madis3@morainevalley.edu and indicate that you permit us to display your submission.

 

There’s No Such Thing as The Voiceless
Thursday, April 18 | 3 p.m. | Building S, Room S117
While the immediate unrest in Palestine is thousands of miles away from the college, our students with family or roots in Palestine are feeling the impact in profound ways that take the form of trauma, shock, fear, immense and ongoing sadness, grief and a sense of despair. This discussion facilitated by Souzan Naser, Moraine Valley counselor and professor, will provide a safe space for Arab students to have open exchanges about how the genocide in Gaza has impacted their emotional well-being and explore strategies to center your perspective and build on your sense of purpose and confidence.

 

Defying Stereotypes: Arab American Women Reflect on Their Professional Journeys
Wednesday, April 24 | 11 a.m. | Jenkins Library
Attend this intriguing discussion with women representing the Arab American professional community. The panelists, representing an array of professions, challenge stereotypes as they share their personal, educational and career journeys and provide insight into how they navigate a professional world that has preconceived notions about the communities they represent. This event is organized by the Arab Student Union.

 

Palestinian Freedom: Beyond A Narrow Focus on The Recent Upheaval
Tuesday, April 30 | 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Join USPCN-Chicago organizer Muhammad Sankari for an informational session about the work of one of the leading Palestinian community organizations in the last four months of organizing, rallying and advocating for Palestine in the midst of the genocide in Gaza.

 

Humanity 5K
Saturday, May 4 | 9 a.m. | Outdoors near Building D
The Muslim Student Association is partnering with the Refugee Life Foundation to raise funds to provide urgent medical relief for Gaza through MedGlobal, as well as provide scholarships to students attending Moraine Valley who are seeking refuge from their homeland. This family event features a 1.5-mile walk and a 100-yard kids Sprint for Palestine. Teams are encouraged. Registration is open at www.humanity5k.com. Registration starts at $35 for the general public and $20 for students.

This event repeats on the following days:
  • April 24, 2024 at 11:00 am | Jenkins Library
  • April 30, 2024 at 11:00 am
  • May 04, 2024 at 9:00 am | Outdoors near Building D