Tina Al-Khersan, a junior at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, has been selected to receive the 2015 NAAP Arab American Scholarship. The Network of Arab American Professionals (NAAP) is a professional organization that advocates for collective advancement of all Arab Americans through networking opportunities, community service and education. NAAP established the NAAP Arab American Scholarship Fund to support Arab American students as they pursue higher education goals while also displaying an appreciation and understanding of their Arab identity.

As a University of Michigan student, Tina is studying International Studies and Arabic with a concentration in Comparative Culture and Identity, has served as the Community Service Chair on the Executive Board of the Muslim Students Association, and has organized a variety of events ranging from Relay for Life to volunteering at a creature conservancy. Tina is also on an Islamophobia Working Group on campus that aims to create a safe and inclusive campus environment for Arab, Muslim, Middle Eastern and North African students. Additionally, she works as a Diversity Peer Educator through University Housing, where Tina promotes cross-cultural understanding by organizing events that highlight the many obstacles minorities face, including the plight of Arab Americans.

Tina currently is an intern with the International Refugee Assistance Project where she works with Iraqi clients trying to resettle in America. Tina’s future goals involve creating health programs in refugee camps in the Middle East and promoting refugee rights, as well as working to find ways to better unify the Arab American community at home.

We would like to congratulate Tina on her award! We hope you continue to use your passionate activism to help others. Discover more Arab Americans Who Care.

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