President Obama and the Arab American Community

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  • President Obama Hosts Iftar Dinner at the White House

    President Obama hosts his sixth Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan at the White House, an annual tradition started by First Lady Hillary Clinton when she hosted a Ramadan Eid celebration dinner in 1996.

  • Muslim Women Emerging Leaders: Rising Beyond the Ceiling

    In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Office of Public Engagement organized and hosted a Muslim women emerging leaders event at the White House to convene leading Muslim American women and aspiring young Muslim women to celebrate their aspirations and honor their contributions to our nation to bring progress in our time; hear directly from Administration officials about policies and programs affecting women; and discuss ways to rise beyond the ceiling and become leaders specifically in government, media, business, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics).

  • SBA Takes Part in Muslim Business Leadership Roundtable

    I had the pleasure to recently participate in the White House Business Council’s Roundtable with Muslim American Business Leaders that brought together the business and faith-based community for a dialogue on how to support small businesses that start, grow and create job that sustain our nation’s economy.

  • Working on the Frontlines of Humanity

    Nahla Kayali serves as the Founder and Executive Director for Access California Services (AccessCal) in Anaheim, California. AccessCal is a health and human services non-profit culturally and linguistically competent family resource center dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for under-served Arab-American and Muslim-American communities. Under Ms. Kayali’s leadership, the organization provides programs in 15 languages delivered by 30 staff including 10 AmeriCorps members.


Through times of significant change at home and abroad, the Obama Administration’s commitment to meaningful engagement with the Arab-American community has remained steadfast.

The President and his staff continue to collaborate with Arab-Americans from all walks of life to strengthen our economy, revitalizing our schools, and out-innovating our global competitors. He understands that Arab-Americans have contributed to our nation since its earliest days and continue to play a critical role today. Stay involved at