Keynotes and Speakers
Rashida Tlaib is an American politician and lawyer serving as the U.S. Representative for Michigan's 13th congressional district since 2019 which includes Detroit. She ran unopposed in the general election and became the first woman of Palestinian descent in Congress, the first Muslim woman to serve in the Michigan legislature, and one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress.
President of Arab America
A third-generation Arab American of Lebanese and Syrian heritage, Warren David is the president of Arab America, formerly Arab Detroit. David was also the former National President of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) in Washington, DC. David is also the executive producer of a 13 week public television series about the Arab American community with Detroit Public Television, Channel 56.
Global Education Director of IIMD, CEO of The World in America
Nada Dalgamouni is the Global Education Director of the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit, and has developed many global education programs, her latest project being The International District. She volunteered in Detroit Schools to provide educational and social services to refugees and immigrants. Dalgamouni is a two time nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Executive Director of the AAI and Activist
Maya Berry is the Executive Director of the Arab American Institute (AAI). In 1996 she established AAI’s first Government Relations department, where she managed the Congressman's legislative strategy and developed policies on international relations, human rights, immigration, civil rights and liberties, and trade. Previously, Berry co-founded a private consulting company focused on improving U.S. bilateral relations with the Arab world on the economic, political, and cultural fronts.
Nabil Khoury is a first Generation Arab American who has been involved in community activism since undergraduate. He has served as the president of NAAMA, is a board member for ANERA, is a Physician, a strong supporter of UMICH’s center for Arab American Studies, and has been involved in numerous initiatives benefiting the Arab American community.
Activist and Performer
Omar Offendum is a Syrian-American rapper, poet, and activist based in Los Angeles. Offendum is known for his blend of Arabic poetry and Hip-Hop. Offendum was named Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow for 2018/2019 and he also held a residency at the University Musical Society at UofM in Fall 2018.