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February 13th - February28th,2003
-
Uniting Tomorrow's Leaders Today
.
.
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- NAAP' s 1st Annual Conference
Held at George Washington
University and hosted by the
University's
Arab
Students
Association, NAAP's Ist annual
conference, in.conjunction with the
National Arab American Students'
5th annual conference, was a raging
success. .
Organizations in the Middle East.
Panelists: Heba EI-Shazli (National
Democratic
Institute
for
International Affairs), Dr. Tarob
Faramand (US AID), Catherine
Cook (human rights activist).
L Arab-American .Professionals representatives
from
Arab
American professional associations
discussed the positive impact they
have made on their communities.
Panelists: Orner Bishtawi (Chicago
Arab Professionals and Stu4ents),
Noreen Havez (Arab American
Young Professionals of Boston).
L Balancing Profes'sionalism and
Activism - contributing to your
community while maintaining a full
time job. Panelists: Dr. Henry
Habib (Natjonal Arab American
Medical
Association), Rasha
Ghappour (NAAP - New York),
Sarabal-Jijakli (NAAP - New
York).
Throughout the 3 day Conference,
NAAP . organizers created Panels
designed to address virtually every
area of public life led by experts in
a variety of fields:
L F~ont Line
Organization - teach-
ing how to contribute to existing
advocacy organizations. Panelists:
David Nassar (Palestine Media
Watch), Dr. Ziad Asali (ADC), Dr.
James
Zogby
(AAI),' Erik
Gustafson (Education for Peach in
Iraq Center), and Jean AbiNader
(AAI)
L
Supporting
the
Student
Movement - explaining how to
..
contribute
to
support
the
student
....
NAAP
members
from
the Florida.
Anda Nematalla
Mais Abousy
NAAP-DCforming the borders
Ghada Elnajjar
AbOUSY~umon 01 Arab ~tuaent
Associati.ons),
Fadi
Kiblawi
(Students Allied for Freedom and
Equality)
I New Faces of American
Professionals - a career counseling
panel featuring Nidal Ibrahim (Arab
American Business Magazioe),
Joseph Zogby (civil rights attorney), Issam Andoni (techl1ology
consultant)
I Being Effective in the US
Political System - a dis({ussionon
how t~e community can be more
effective in promoting our common
interests through elected representatives and other means. Panelists:
Khaled Saffouri (Islamic Institute),
Richard FawaI (AAI)
I Business Opportunities in the
Middle East - a panel for those who
wish to. pursue international
Jomea the approxImately 5UU,UUU
people who converged upon D. C.
for the March on Washington on
Saturday 18 January, an extraordinary anti-war rally sponsored by
A.N.S.W.E.R.
In the evenings, NAAP organi~ed
social gatherings for conference
attendees and a Banquet (The Arab
American Spirit) featuring comedian Ahmed Ahmed, live music with
Tony Marsho and Tair Aouni, and a
DJ. This was a weekend that is still
being talked about, a momentous
event for NAAP-NY, and hopefully, only the first of many conferences organized by NAAP for the
Arab American community.
Aboud Muaddi & GhaddaElnajjar
business careers. . Panelists: Abir
Ali (Embassy of Lebanon), Ayman
Zaineldine (Embassy of Egypt), Dr.
Oussama Kanaan (economist).
INGO Opportunities in the Middle
East - a panel for those interested in
working with Non-Govern~ental
RamiElsawah,HibbaNassef,AmiraElghobashy, MohammedElbayar,Sinan
Khatib,and DinaKurdali: NAAP-NYm~mberswarmingup beforethe protest
Heba EI-Shazli, Robert Sheena, Catherine Cook, and Ghassan
Faramand discussing NGO opportunities in the Middle East

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