Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs

AHM 2022

About Arab Heritage Month

MESA works to create inclusive and equitable spaces on campus to benefit the student experience. One of our more extensive programs is Arab Heritage Month, and we work to bring different speakers, workshops, and events to celebrate and highlight Arab history on campus and in the nation.

The theme for this year's Arab Heritage Month is Qisasna (Our Stories). For too long, our story has been told by folks who don’t represent us. Hailing from the SWANA region means dealing with many political conflicts that reshape our community’s narrative. Having to deal with the ongoing political turmoil and negative imagery from the world brings up a special kind of perseverance that is unique to Arabs across the world. It’s time that we take back our narrative and showcase each of our individual and unique stories that inform our shared experience. This Arab Heritage Month, we are committed to empowering the voices of Arab Americans and our intersecting identities which are often dismissed or negated, and telling qisasna (our stories).

Register for the Opening Ceremony!


Calendar of Events


AHM Calendar of Events



Arab Heritage Month 2022 Overview

Thursday, March 17, 2022

  • AHM 2022: Opening Ceremony

    • Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    • Location: Michigan League Ballroom & Zoom (Meeting ID 95911921937)

    • Register for the AHM 2022 Opening Ceremony on Sessions

    • Description: We are excited to kick off our month-long celebration and hope to see you there! Arab Heritage Month is one of the few times our culture and history are given a large platform at our institution, making it all the more important to host inspirational and impactful events for our community, highlighting the pride, success, and strength of Arab people. We hope to showcase the diverse perspectives and paths of the community under this year’s theme of the “Qisasna/Our Stories” theme.


Tuesday, March 22, 2022

  • Tatreez Night

    • Date: Tuesday, 3/22/2022

    • Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

    • Location: Michigan Union, Pond Room

    • RSVP through Gooogle Forms 

    • Description: Join SAFE for a fun and creative opportunity to celebrate the art of Palestinian embroidery, Tatreez, and to learn about its importance in culture and resistance. Participants will learn to embroider and everyone is invited regardless of skill level!


Wednesday, March 23, 2022

  • Students Organize for Syria Culture Night

    • Time: 7:30 p.m.

    • Location: Rackham Assembly Hall

    • No registration required!

    • Description: We will be hosting our annual culture night to present to the Arab community the beautiful culture that lies within Syria. A culture that is commonly lost amidst the media, which only depicts the war-torn tragedies ransacking the country. We will be providing food, a Syrian culture display, and local Syrian refugee vendors. We hope to convey to people that amidst the devastation in Syria, we can still contribute and learn more about the beautiful country.

  • Teach Me How to Dabke and Tinikling

    • Time: 6:45–8:15 p.m.

    • Location: Central Campus Recreation Building Large Multi-Purpose Room

    • No registration required!

    • Description: On Wednesday, March 23, the Arab Student Association, Arabesque, and the Filipino American Student Association will be hosting a traditional dance workshop! Dabke and Tinikling are both traditional dances in Arab and Filipino culture respectively. Join us to learn about their histories, choreography, and meet new people– no experience is needed!


Thursday, March 24, 2022

  • Palestinian Futurism in Art and Film

    • Time: 6:30 p.m.

    • Location: East Quad Room 1423

    • RSVP through Google Forms

    • Description: Join SAFE in a conversation on Palestinian Futurism, as it manifests itself in Palestinian visual art and film. We will view works of art that engage with and imagine Palestinian futures and hold an open discussion with members of the SAFE board.


Saturday, March 26, 2022

  • Mana'eesh with Mama

    • Time: 12:00 p.m.

    • Location: Trotter Multicultural Center, Sankofa Room

    • RSVP through Google Forms

    • Description: The sisters of Epsilon Alpha Sigma Sorority, Inc. invite all students and their moms (or other significant women in their lives like aunts, sisters, or friends) to join us for Mana’eesh with Mama on Saturday March 26th from 12-1 PM to commemorate Arab Mother’s Day! Come enjoy an afternoon of cultural food with the Arab women that inspire many. Open and encouraged for all students to attend!


Monday, March 28, 2022

  • Printmaking in Organizing

    • Time: 7:00 p.m.

    • Location: North Quad Space 2435

    • RSVP through Google Forms

    • Description: Join SAFE and UAAO for a printmaking workshop! Participants are invited to learn about the importance of political poster art in organizing from both Palestinian and Asian American contexts. Additionally, supplies will be provided for participants to design & make their own prints!


Tuesday, March 29, 2022

  • Art as Resistance Teach-In

    • Time: 6:00 p.m.

    • Location: East Quad Room 1405

    • RSVP through Google Forms  

    • Description: Join SAFE in a conversation with Dr. Sascha Crasnow, Lecturer of Islamic Arts in the UM Residential College, on the topic of art as resistance in Palestine. In keeping with the theme of Palestinian awareness week, Dr. Crasnow will discuss how resistance interacts with various art forms and the ways in which art, history, and politics all inform each other.

  • Omega Beta Eta Arab Fraternity Inc. Presents Abdullah Hammoud

    • Time: 6:00 p.m.

    • Location: Zoom

    • Registration: TBD

    • Description: In this seminar, OBH will host Abdullah Hammoud for a discussion on his journey within the world of politics and other endeavors as a Arab American. We hope to shed light on how to navigate multiple environments and conflicts with the Arab identity and ways to give back to the community. This ties into the “our stories” theme where we have Abdullah Hammoud give insight on his own story, with its many triumphs and lessons tying into the Arab American identity. This event will serve as a talk with Q & A to make it interactive.


Wednesday, March 30, 2022

  • Mehndi & Henna Magic

    • Time: 5:00 PM

    • Location: Michigan League, Koessler Room

    • Registration: TBD

    • Description: TBD

  • Iraqi Culture Night: Chai & Chobi

    • Time: 7:00 p.m.

    • Location: Rackham Assembly Hall

    • Registration: TBD

    • Description: The Iraqi Student Association aims to promote and raise awareness of Iraqi and Middle Eastern culture. The Iraqi Student Association at the University of Michigan is excited to announce the return of our third annual Iraqi Culture Night: Chai and Chobi! Join us on March 30th at 7 PM at the Rackham Assembly Hall to enjoy a night of performances, music, food, chai, and of course, chobi!


Thursday, March 31, 2022

  • Palestinian Cultural Night

    • Time: 6:00 p.m.

    • Location: Rogel Ballroom - The Union

    • Register through Eventbrite

    • Description: Join us for a night of celebrating Palestinian culture through food, art, comedy, and dabkeh featuring Majdy Fares and Mawtini Dabkeh Troupe presented by Students for Justice in Palestine and Students Allied for Freedom and Equality.


Tuesday, April 5, 2022

  • Hikayat presents Finals Destress

    • Time: 8:00 p.m.

    • Location: North Quad Room 2435

    • Description: As finals approach, join Hikayat for a night of self-care & relaxation. Hikayat will be streaming the 2014 film the Prophet & teaching a short zine-making workshop. Iftar dinner will be served!


Wednesday, April 6, 2022

  • OBH x NAAMA NextGen presents Arab Americans in Medicine

    • Time: 7:00 p.m.

    • Location: Rackham Auditorium

    • Registration: TBD

    • Description: Omega Beta Eta Arab Fraternity Inc. and NAAMA NextGen strive to highlight the cross section between identity and medicine by presentation by NAAMA NextGen’s Advisor, Dr. Omar Kashlanc, who will speak about his experiences in medicine as an Arab American. We also hope to highlight the resources and networking present within the Arab American community in medicine and celebrate the work within that group.


Wednesday, April 13, 2022

  • MENA Box 101

    • Time: 9:00 p.m.

    • Location: TBD

    • Registration: TBD

    • Description: MENA 101 is an event that will cover the history and importance of having a MENA box across all campus documents. This will be an informational event with an open discussion where we will explore possible ways to implement the MENA box in the fututre.


Thursday, April 14, 2022 

  • AHM 2022: Closing Ceremony
    • Time: 8:00 p.m.
    • Location: Trotter Multicultural Center, Multipurpose Room
    • Description: This year's Arab Heritage Month has been filled with amazing cultural shows, workshops, and speakers. Join us in closing out this month-long programming with another social event, in which we will be in community over great food, games, and even better company! 

For questions about Arab Heritage Month, please contact the MESA office at 734-763-9044 or by emailing