Arab American Heritage Month 2023

Arab American Heritage Month 2023

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)celebrates Arab American Heritage Month 2023 by honoring and highlighting the diverse culture, heritage, and contributions of Arab Americans throughout history. We encourage our community to study, observe, and celebrate this community and its rich heritage. 

"By advancing innovation, leading businesses, serving in our military, teaching in our schools, and representing communities in elected office, Arab Americans make us stronger and help us form a more diverse and vibrant America." –Joseph R. Biden, Jr., United States President


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Thank you to the members of the Arab American History Month Planning Committee: 

  • Alesia LeSane (ODIME)
  • Gregory Lane (Pre-Collegiate Office)
  • Kim Wykes (Student Activities Office)
  • Lori Ostapowicz-Critz (Gordon C. Library)
  • Erin Mayo (Office of Accessibility Services)


The initiative for the national designation and commemoration of Arab American Heritage Month was launched in 2017. In 2019, U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell and Rep. Rashida Tlaib introduced a resolution to Congress to proclaim April as National Arab American Heritage Month. National Arab American Heritage Month was recognized in April 2021 by President Joe Biden with the U.S. Department of State, some members of Congress and 37 governors issuing proclamations supporting the month, according to Arab America.

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The Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Multicultural Education (ODIME) promotes and oversees all student facing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) learning experiences, programs, services, trainings, and initiatives for WPI.