Arab American Heritage Gala Keynote Speaker Confirmed

The Arab American Civic Council is proud to announce distinguished professor Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi has been confirmed to deliver the keynote speech at this year’s Arab American Heritage Gala.  

Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi is an internationally-known scholar and a distinguished professor and researcher who continuously supports community development and student engagement alongside her extensive academic work and publication and teaching schedule. She is the Director and Senior Scholar in the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas and Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at the historic College of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University.  Before joining SFSU, she served as the first director of the Center for Arab American Studies at the University of Michigan, Dearborn. 

She is a Policy Advisor for Al-Shabaka, the Palestinian independent think tank, and serves on the International Advisory Board of World Congress of Middle East Studies where she chairs its International Committee. Her scholarship, pedagogy and public activism focuses on Palestine, Arab and Muslim communities and their diasporas, race and resistance studies, transnational feminisms, and gender and sexuality studies.

The gala will take place on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at the Great Wolf Lodge in Garden Grove, CA.