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Reflections On The First Arab American Heritage Month

Elissa Haddad, a lecturer at the University of San Diego in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, in an undated photo.
University of San Diego
Elissa Haddad, a lecturer at the University of San Diego in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, in an undated photo.
This month President Joe Biden recognized April as National Arab American Heritage Month. USD Professor Elissa Haddad joined Midday Edition to talk about the significance of National Arab American Heritage Month.

This month the U.S. Department of State recognized April as National Arab American Heritage Month.

Though the month has been observed by Arab Americans for more than three decades it's finally getting federal recognition.

The month-long observation is a time when the diversity, cultures and contributions of Arab Americans is celebrated and acknowledged.

Elissa Haddad, a lecturer at University of San Diego in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences recently hosted a workshop on Middle Eastern Stereotypes and Sensitivities to raise awareness about her culture, the challenges of cultural identity here in the U.S. and sense of belonging.

"Americans of Arab heritage are a part of this nation and have been for a long time and they have made significant contributions across many industries and many fields," Haddad said.

She joined Midday Edition on Tuesday to talk about the significance of National Arab American Heritage Month.