Arab American Heritage Month

April 30, 2024
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UCSF Office of Diversity and Outreach Celebrates Arab American Heritage Month

The UCSF Office of Diversity and Outreach is thrilled to inaugurate its celebration of Arab American Heritage Month (AAHM) this April, marking a significant milestone in our commitment to inclusion and belonging. Embracing this year’s national theme, Celebrating Arab American Resilience and Diversity, we honor the rich cultural heritage and invaluable contributions of the Arab American community.

Throughout history, Arab Americans have enriched our university’s and nation's fabric with their language, traditions, and cultural expressions. The Arabic language serves as a unifying thread, linking the diverse geographies and cultures of 3.7 million Arab Americans, whose ancestries stretch from Morocco in the west to Iraq in the east, and Yemen and Sudan in the south.

In our recognition of national AAHM this month, we aim to create an inclusive and equitable environment, because we believe that everyone at UCSF deserves equal opportunities, respect, and recognition. We encourage you to join us in learning more about the valuable contributions and vibrant culture of the Arab American community.

AAHM Events

We invite you to participate in various cultural and educational events in April.

UCSF-Sponsored Events

Special Lunch Menu 
• Thursday, April 25, 2024 | 11:30am - 1:00pm
• BCH Oakland, Friendly Cafe
Join us for a special menu celebrating Arab American Heritage Month at the BCH Oakland Friendly Cafe. 

Islamic Geometric Patterns: An Art Workshop
• Thursday, April 4, 2024 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
• Mission Bay
Islam and the Arab world have a time honored and enduring legacy of geometric art and pattern making. We see this on buildings, books, and mosques around the world! Dive into the world of Islamic art and pattern making, and create a beautiful piece of art with just a ruler and compass. Supplies will be provided. Participation is capped at 20 participants. Light refreshments will be served.


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Arab Talk with Dr. Jess Ghannam
• Friday, April 19 | 11:30am - 1:00pm 
• Hybrid  (Mission Bay Oberndorf Auditorium and Zoom)
​​​​Join us in celebration of Arab American Heritage Month with Dr. Jess Ghannam, a human rights activist and professor at UCSF. Dr. Ghannam lectures, writes, and conducts research on the health effects of war and occupation in Palestine and in the Arab World, where he travels frequently. Food and refreshments will be served.


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Non-UCSF Community Events

Reflections of Arab Americans
• Wednesday, April 3, 2024 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
• Zoom via Michigan’s Oakland Community College
Panelists will share their perspectives on how their identity as Arab Americans has shaped who they are, the impact of stereotypes and the importance of representation.

San Bruno 1st Annual Arab Heritage Festival
• Sunday, April 14, 2024 | 12:00pm - 7:00pm
• Belle Air Elementary School, 450 3rd Ave, San Bruno, CA
Arabic food, games, bazaar, henna, face painting, live music, ethnic dance, and more. A free event.


April 1st through 30th