ADC’s Arab Women and Girls in STEM Fellowship Program: Event Recap

Washington, D.C. | | April 12, 2023 – Yesterday the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) was honored to host Palestinian-American Nujoud Merancy, Chief of NASA’s Exploration Mission Planning Office, at the kick-off event for the ADC Women’s Empowerment forum’s Arab Women and Girls in STEM fellowship program. The event also coincided with ADC’s Arab American Heritage Month celebrations.

Ms. Merancy spoke to a crowded room of women and girls about the incredible and groundbreaking work she is doing as part of NASA’s space exploration program. She gave insight into how she has been able to achieve success in a traditionally male-dominated field, the importance of NASA’s Artemis missions, and how the work she is doing can help those of us terrestrially-bound. Her journey is a testament to the power of determination and the importance of equal opportunity in education and professional development, and serves as an inspiration for aspiring Arab women and girls in STEM. You can watch the full event below.

The event marked the formal kick-off for ADC’s Women’s Empowerment Forum STEM fellowship program, which will provide mentorship for Arab women in the fields. Our program will offer mentorship, professional development, scholarships, and community building opportunities to women and girls in STEM, with a specific focus on Arab American women and girls.

By empowering women and girls to pursue careers in STEM, our program aims to create a more inclusive and innovative workforce and drive progress in these crucial fields. If you, or someone you know, is interested in participating either as a mentor or mentee, please reach out to ADC National Organizer Jinan Shbat at

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