The Arab America Ambassadors for the Month of October
Meet the Arab America Ambassadors who made a difference during the month of October!
By: Ani Karapetyan/Arab America Contributing Writer
The Arab America Ambassador Network represents an effort to connect Arab and non-Arab communities through collaborative efforts while amplifying Arab America’s effectiveness as a resource that offers accurate information on Arab Americans and the Arab World.
Through their writing and research, Arab America Ambassadors (AAA ’s) have reached thousands of readers and viewers by using the power of words and digital media to enrich our readers on Arab American culture, traditions, and the factors which may impact U.S. policies towards the Arab World. AAA’s lately have focused on writing articles, conducting research on different Arab American communities, identifying interns and AAA’s and sharing news, photos, and videos with Arab America.
With pride and joy, we introduce you to our Arab America Ambassadors for the month of October who volunteer to support Arab America’s mission. Their diverse nationalities, religions, and geographic locations contribute to the enrichment of Arab America:
Mike Enayah is a Palestinian who was born in Kuwait. In 1981, Enayah emigrated to the USA as a teenager. He graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan with a masters degree in industrial design. Enayah worked in the architecture design, products design, and automotive design fields. In addition, Enayah is an artist who loves to paint. Currently, he’s a contributing writer at Arab America. In his writing, Enayah reflects on the challenges Arabs face in America.
Mike has greatly enriched Arab America’s content by sharing cultural pertinent videos, photos, and links to currently published articles. He has also conducted research to build and enrich Arab America’s database.
Ivey Noojin is a junior at Middlebury College majoring in Spanish and Arabic. She is currently spending the year studying journalism at The George Washington University. Ivey originally became interested in the Middle East in middle school, but there were no programs available at her school in South Carolina to study the region. However, when she got to college, she remedied that fact and has been studying the region and the language since her first year. Ivey is an intern at Arab America because she wants to promote a better relationship and understanding between Arabs and people of the United States. She is especially interested in how this country’s intervention in the Middle East has shaped the society in the region. She hopes to travel the world and investigate issues within different societies to highlight the marginalized voices of the many.
Ivey was one of the main contributors to Arab America during the month of October. She was one of the interns who managed the social media in addition to posting events. Moreover, she wrote many articles on various topics such as Arab Americans and Muslims for Pittsburgh, Arab American Women Making an Impact: Maha Freij, Beautiful Arabic Phrases That Don’t Make Sense in English.
Amy Hensler is a junior at Virginia Tech majoring in Political Science with minors in Arabic, Middle Eastern Studies, and History. Amy first fell in love with the Arabic language during her freshman year of college after discovering its beauty and complexity. She decided to take her love for the language even further by studying Middle Eastern studies with the hope of becoming even closer to the culture. Amy has studied abroad in Oman at the University of Nizwa and hopes to continue exposing herself to the Arab culture by traveling all around the Middle East after graduation.
Amy decided to intern at Arab America because she believes it is important to facilitate the bridge between Arabs and Americans in order to create a more accepting environment for all. Amy too worked diligently on posting events of the website and managing social media.’ More importantly, Amy authored two articles for the month of October: Trump Scapegoats Arabs in Migrant Crisis, and Do Arab Women Have Rights? Tunisia’s Fight for Gender Equality.
Blanche Shaheen is an accomplished Arab American woman and former network television host and reporter in both entertainment and news. Among the programs she worked on were; “View from the Bay,” “Video I” on PBS, “Tech Live,” “Check Please,” NPR radio, and numerous news and political programs for Link Media. In 2010, Shaheen switched to hosting her own cooking show, sharing heirloom Arab dishes and recipes preserved by her mother and grandmother. She has a program on YouTube titled “Feast in the Middle East”, and is also a part-time fitness instructor and model; she shares nutritional tips and provides healthy recipes. In addition to raising a family, she gives cooking demonstrations at Draeger’s Markets and the Fancy Food Show in Northern California.
As for the month of October, Blanche has contributed to Arab America some articles that demonstrated the richness of Arab cuisine. She specializes in Arab cuisine of the Levant and beyond. You can check out her cooking video tutorials and cultural commentary on growing up Arab American here. Also, check out her two articles for the month of October, Is Your Olive Oil Fake? Here’s How to Find Out, and The Star Condiment of Tunisia: Harissa.
Christine Shahin is the daughter of first-generation Lebanese immigrants. She attributes her nearly 30 years of environmental, community, and human rights advocacy to her father, an Orthodox Christian priest who encouraged her to serve those less fortunate. Shahin was a part of a community effort to protect her rural NY Adirondack hamlet from a regional waste incinerator and landfill. She has served on numerous local, state, and national boards on environmental, labor, human rights, creation care, and youth empowerment with the disenfranchised. Shahin was an Official Delegate to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg South Africa in 2002. Today, she runs an all natural salon and is the author of the book, Natural Hair Coloring: How to use Henna and Other Pure Herbal Pigments for Chemical Free Beauty.
Through the month of October, Christine has shared with Arab America some short videos, pictures, and articles that enriched its content. She already has begun her plans for a cultural event during National Arab Heritage Month/April. She also shares her experiences in building a dynamic group of women in upstate New York where Arab culture and traditions are enjoyed and passed on.
Sali Osman is an internationally recognized Cybersecurity & Risk Strategy Advisor who served in senior officer roles with major global Fortune 50 companies. Osman has more than 20 years in IT and 10 in Security & Risk executive leadership and currently advising African and Middle Eastern governments in post-sanctions risk, compliance programs, mergers, and acquisitions.
Osman is a technical reviewer for distinguished books and publications and speaks in media and opening keynotes in international conferences.
Sali Osman has led community development efforts in the US and back in Africa. She enjoys mentoring young professionals and coaching middle and high school girls coding and Cyber hacking techniques.
Osman is a receiver of many awards and honors such as Award Winner of Women of Influence-One to Watch, Executive Women Forum, 2016; and Expertise and Inclusiveness, GE, 2012.
Sali Osman has been leading an initiative to devise a crucial plan of action that would result in a sustainable Arab America. She also contributes many ideas to enrich the type and content of Arab America.
Annika Wolfe is from a small town in Ohio and is a student at American University in Washington, DC. She is a rising senior majoring in International Studies and minoring in Arabic. After her graduation from the university, she hopes to spend more time traveling and working with an international aid organization in the Middle East. She is passionate about women’s empowerment, international development, education, and Arab culture. After Annika’s full-time internship at Arab America, she traveled to Jordan and now enjoying program for an intensive Arabic language instruction.
This month of October, Annika wrote two articles: 16 Cool Arab Names for Your Children, and: Quiz: How Much Do You Know about Arab Americans and the Arab World?
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