The Arab American Civic Council is proud to announce it will honor Palestinian American community organizer Celine Qussiny during its 4th annual Arab American Heritage Gala – Building and Transforming Collective Power on Saturday, April 20, 2019, at the Great Wolf Lodge in Garden Grove. She will receive the Emerging Leaders Award.
Celine Qussiny is a Palestinian Muslim community organizer with the Palestinian Youth Movement PYM. She graduated from UC Irvine in 2017 with degrees in Comparative Literature and African-American Studies. She transitioned from student organizing to community organizing when she joined PYM in 2015, as a member of the Los Angeles/Orange County/Inland Empire regional chapter. Her focus involves anti-surveillance and anti-policing work by organizing with youth in K-12, college students, and educators.
With PYM, she creates political education resources such as local cross-community organizing, and transnational joint struggle efforts. Celine is also the Program Consultant for Vigilant Love’s Solidarity Arts Fellowship, which focuses on building solidarity and combating Islamophobia across communities. Celine has worked at UCI’s FRESH Basic Needs Hub as the CalFresh Capacity Coordinator, supporting students in gaining access to CalFresh benefits, and working on food security for all students. She also recently served as the #MyMuslimVote Fellow for Mpower Change, working as a Field Coordinator to get Muslims to vote in the 2018 midterm elections.