Innovation in cooperation

Science fascinates us every day with amazing innovations that facilitate our life, but the problems that are facing us, as a humankind, and our big home earth are becoming tougher and severer, from climate change to gender parity etc… In digital age, where computers and programming might be the new force of power that shapes…

Aleppo

  Aleppo, one of the oldest cities that has been continually inhabited is going through what might be the toughest time in its life. Aleppo is the biggest city in Syria, and probably one of the richest cities with the great culture that developed throughout history. Aleppo has always been famous for its iconic artists, great…

Chicago Against Trump

This evening I went to both ‪a Trump ‎protest and then a “rally”. I talked to people from both sides; Protesters were against his racist, xenophobic, anti-immigration rhetoric (nothing new), while supporters valued his strength, “saying it as it is” language, and foreign policy views. However, none of them had a slightest understanding of issues…

Human Rights for Syrians Initiative (HRSI)

Great initiatives are being launched every day to help the Syrians who left their homes and families behind to flee the conflict in their home country, and there is a good number of these initiatives here in United States. The immigration laws in United States are complicated, and for refugees or asylum seekers, it might…

Honoring Jermiron “Jay” Morris

We woke up today to a very unfortunate news from the main IIT campus, where most of us reside, that brought us great sadness. The recent acts of violence that have been happening around our campus and in the Bronzeville neighborhood remind us of the ongoing crisis in Syria where violence became a daily nightmare…

Syrian Youth Empowerment

Syrian Youth Empowerment Syrian Youth Empowerment is an initiative co-founded by three Syrian graduates of Illinois Tech with the aim to support Syrian high school students by offering several areas of service to Syrian youth including: Free TOEFL and SAT classes (in Syria) College and university guidance and counseling to secure scholarships in the U.S….

Press Release: New Scholarship Program for Syrian Women

HIGHER EDUCATION RESPONSE TO SYRIAN CRISIS LAUNCH OF 100 SYRIAN WOMEN, 10,000 SYRIAN LIVES SCHOLARSHIP INITIATIVE San Francisco, CA, November 1, 2015 — Empowering women at this point of the conflict in Syria is one of the most important challenges today. These women will grow to become leaders and to contribute stabilizing the region. With…

#RunForSyria

Run For Syria – You Caring Video Four years into the conflict in Syria, there are 2 million Syrian refugee children. 400,000 of them are at the school age in Lebanon. 310,000 of them are out of school. You don’t need to have math anxiety to be scared by the numbers coming from Syria. They’re…

Sustaining Our Dreams: the Jusoor Alumni Association

May 16, 2015 will always be a memorable day for the Joint IIT-Jusoor Initiative. It was the day where 15 Syrian youth had their graduation ceremony after a very long, challenging and interesting journey here in the United States. The program that was launched three years ago when Illinois Institute of Technology invited university students…

Celebrating Syria’s Future Leaders‏

Dear Jusoor Family: Last Saturday, May 18th, was a very proud day for Jusoor.  15 Syrian men and women graduated from Illinois Institute of Technology.  What a joyous occasion. These students, like the thousands of other Syrian students who are graduating this spring from universities around the world, worked tirelessly.  Conditions facing Syrian students could…

Jusoor, Hope and Gerald Doyle!

Last weekend could not have gotten any better. I got to attend the Jusoor Annual Conference and listen to successful speakers talk about their projects and ideas to benefit Syria and help us bring the smile back to our country. The sadness and heart break were apparent in people’s faces and voices as they talked about the…

Syrian Interfaith Leaders Visit Main Campus

The IIT Office of Student Access, Success, and Diversity Initiatives and the Office of Spiritual Life and Service Learning partnered with WorldChicago to host a delegation of Syrian interfaith leaders on Main Campus on October 31. The delegation was part of a project bringing together Syrian leaders of many faiths to discuss interfaith and faith-based…