The University of New Mexico celebrates National Arab American Heritage Month in April and the UNM Department of Anthropology celebrates with a web page of resources and information, including UNM organizations, events, scholars, the history of National Arab American Heritage Month, research, news and organizations.

The theme of this year National Arab American Heritage Month is Celebrating Arab American Resilience and Diversity.

National Arab American Heritage Month

Across the country, cultural institutions, school districts, municipalities, state legislatures, public servants, and non-profit organizations issue proclamations and engage in special events commemorating our community’s rich heritage and numerous contributions to society.

Among the resources at UNM is the Asian American Pacific Islander Resource Center, which serves the Arab-American community as well as Southwest Asia and North Africa (SWANA), according to AAPIRC student success specialist Farah Nousheen. The organization features a blog on its website of writings, reviews, artwork, news, and other contributions by and/or about AAPI students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members at UNM and beyond. The aim of this blog is to provide visibility to our often invisibilized experiences. It also provides an opportunity for our community to publish their work, be seen, and be heard. Currently, the AAPIRC has a student employee in the West Bank, Palestine who is posting stories on our Instagram.

UNM also has an Arabic Language program. Arabic is a language with a rich intellectual and literary heritage and has been a dynamic resource for political and cultural expression from pre-Islamic times to the present. Studying Arabic provides students with the skills to analyze a wide variety of political, social, religious, and cultural contexts from the Middle East and North Africa to Arab diaspora communities across the world. UNM’s Heather Sweetser was named National Language Teacher of the Year by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages in 2022.

For more information about Arabic resources and heritage, go to the Anthropology Departments webpage.