Harvard Arab Weekend Building Bridges: Uniting for a Brighter Future

From IIT to Harvard: continuous reporting about seven Syrian students from Illinois Tech. We were fortunate to travel to Harvard to join some of the best Arab intellectuals in the Arab world and North America. The best and most important aspect for us about being here at Harvard is joining in and being part of…

Supporting Syria from the streets and the people of Chicago

“We all have heard and seen in people in Syria. The refugee crisis has taken way too many lives. While feeling bad about the situation and discussing about it what most of us can do, there are a few other things we can do to provide help. A little that we could do was go…

Global Impact: From Health Care IT to Helping Every Hungry Child

This summer I had the opportunity to join Allscripts Healthcare Company where I served as Quality Assurance Intern for the last 12 weeks. My journey with Allscripts was incredible – and inspiring. Beginning from my first week, I was introduced to the wide range of their Medical Devices and the technical solutions that Allscripts offers…

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…

Harvard Arab Weekend; Inspiring Solutions

Over the span of four days, from Nov 6-9, I was lucky enough to be present with some of the brightest minds from the MENA (middle east and north africa) region to discuss the future of that part of the world. Harvard hosted their 8th annual Arab weekend with the presence of roughly a thousand…

Small Efforts Matter: let’s make giving contagious

A few days ago, I had the chance to participate in Chicago’s Hot Chocolate 5k/15k Run along with many of other Syrians. Some of us were volunteering while others were running to raise money. The annual Chicago race aims at raising money for the Ronald McDonalds House that provides temporary housing for many families in…

Connecting ideas from Damascus, to Chicago, and then to Lima, Peru: my IPRO with MEDLIFE:

Last year Nearly 50 Illinois Tech students with academic majors across all of the academic disciplines formed a chapter of MEDLIFE (Medicine, Education, and Development for Low-Income Families Everywhere), a national organization that supports the advancement of health care in Central and South America. The main objective of MEDLIFE is to supply medicine, education and development to low-income…