GOALS FOR THE 2019-2020 ACADEMIC YEAR
As the ASA’s presence has grown on campus, we are very much looking forward to the upcoming year. We wish to put on engaging, social and informative events to serve all those with a connection to or interest in the MENA region. As the ASA community is home to a growing number of students, alums, researchers and affiliates, we hope that the goals outlined below will continue to serve our members:
Establish a Middle East and North African (MENA) Cultural House.
Create internship and job opportunities with firms based in the Middle East.
Host a large-scale event that will involve experts from a diverse range of fields: academia, politics and government, the arts and entrepreneurship.
Create a network of alumni who are interested in maintaining links to the ASA.
Coordinate with the Yale Arab Alumni Association (YAAA) on the upcoming conference in Birzeit University, Jerusalem.
History of the ASA
The Yale Arab Students Association (ASA) is an undergraduate organization and an important part of the Yale community. We aim to spread awareness about the Arab world, its culture, and contemporary issues in the region. We also work in an effort to bridge the various cultural gaps between the Arab World and the United States, in the hopes of promoting a mutual and firm understanding. The ASA creates a sense of community for all Arabs and Arab Americans on campus, as well as create a network between the Yale Arab community and the New Haven Arab community. Members hail from major world cities: from New York and San Francisco to Cairo, Beirut, and Amman. At Yale, the ASA has close ties with the Modern Middle East Studies Department, the Near East Languages and Civilizations Department and the Council on Middle East Studies. The ASA is officially a member group of two cultural houses on campus; the Asian American Cultural Center and the African American Cultural House. We collaborate with these various departments and groups to host events and make ties with broader sectors of the Yale community.