Category: Professional Development

From Syria to Michigan: The Flint & Highland Park Pioneers in the Arab American Journey [Podcast]

Hani Bawardi Hani Bawardi is Associate Professor of History in the Department of Social Sciences, and principal member of the Center of Arab American Studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. He is the author of The Making of Arab Americans: From Syrian Nationalism to U.S. Citizenship. Bawardi has amassed a sizable private collection of manuscripts, ...

Dr. Kristine Ajrouch: Effective Strategies to Help Youth Cope with Prejudice and Discrimination

Dr. Kristine Ajrouch, is Professor of Sociology at Eastern Michigan University. She is also Adjunct Research Professor at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. Her research has focused, for over twenty years, on Arab Americans in the U.S. beginning with ethnic identity formation among adolescent children of immigrants followed by a ...

Dearborn’s Ali Charafeddine Shares Success Mindset and Promotes Knowledge through Acez Top Ten Takeaways

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94W0F9T0PQ4 Ali Charafeddine is a young Arab-American Entrepreneur, currently a Senior Director of Banking at Quicken Loans, and the founder and CEO of Acez Media.  Ali started his entrepreneurial career sponsoring events during his Highschool years (Fordson High School).  He then grew a distribution business with his brothers into a $1.4 million company. He represents ...

This is Your Dream

You have a dream, don't you? You believe that you will touch it one day. You don't let any negativity near it. You don't allow anything internal/external to affect it. You have a passionately-aggressive attitude towards accomplishing it. You're more confident than all the world's critics and skeptics put together. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnL5Ng_XQFk You rebelliously reject any ...

GenEd: “Ladderal” Moves in Education

"We are not going to reform decades of educational malpractice by replacing chalkboards with smartboards, notebooks with chromebooks, instructional texts with instructional video...that is, gimmicks that continue to shove kids up the 'education' ladder. The problem is the ladder itself."

Parenting Through Separation and Divorce

Divorce is a short-term crisis and a long-term process of understanding and healing for families. Statewide, Michigan had 29,708 divorces in 2014, a rate of 6 divorces per 1,000 residents, which is 14 percent lower than the number of divorces in 2004. There were 1.92 marriages for every divorce in 2014, the highest ratio since ...

Creativity is Intentional

I believed that because I was not naturally gifted in things like drawing and painting, or drawing stick figures for that matter, I never bothered to explore my personal artistic talent or creativity.