PANEL ANNOUNCEMENT: “Women in Coalitions: Challenges and Successes”

PANEL ANNOUNCEMENT: “Women in Coalitions: Challenges and Successes”

Washington, DC | | September 9, 2022 – The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is excited to announce “Women in Coalitions: Challenges and Successes.” This fantastic panel, moderated by Cheryl Faris, will explore how organizational and individual bonds overlap to effect and influence redistricting designations for voting rights, monitoring the police, and pressuring elected officials toward legislation that ensures effective changes for justice. Don’t miss it by registering here! The fantastic speakers on this panel will be:

· Buki Domingos – Racial Justice Coalition, San Diego

· Jeanine Erikat – Policy Associate, Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans

· Tazheen Nizam – Executive Director, CAIR San Diego

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About our moderator and panelists:

Cheryl Faris was raised in a Lebanese community in Fall River, MA.  After earning a BA degree from Bridgewater State University and a Master’s from NYU, she moved to Los Angeles and obtained a JD degree from Loyola Law School.  She practiced law for 25 years at an international telecommunications company, then switched careers to teach Law and Psychology at a college prep high school in West Los Angeles. While there, she founded and ran an award-winning Mock Trial program.

Cheryl served on the board of the Southern Christian Leadership Council, and for many years sat on the National Board of ADC, working closely with Alex Odeh and Jim Abourezk.  She was the first woman president of the Arab-American Lawyers’ Association of Southern California, and is currently the chair of the board of Impro Theatre. She performs in long-form improvised plays in the styles of Dickens and Shakespeare, and can fluently speak in iambic pentameter.

Jeanine Erikat is a Palestinian-Muslim American serving as the Policy Lead at the Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans (PANA). In that role, Jeanine leads PANA’s community listening sessions, advocacy campaigns, redistricting efforts, and engages the community in PANA’s policy priorities to fight for the economic, social, and civic inclusion of refugee and immigrant communities. An alumnus of the Women Foundation of California’s Solis Policy Institute, Jeanine holds a B.S. in Public Health Sciences as well as a B.A. in History from the University of California, Irvine. A passionate advocate for health education, she devotes her free time volunteering at multiple organizations dedicated to uplifting both the Arab and Muslim communities

Nigerian-born Buki Domingos is the co-founder of San Diego’s Racial Justice Coalition. Fluent in five languages, she draws upon her personal experiences to build resources for victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. As a member of San Diego County’s Citizens’ Law Enforcement Review Board, Buki assists coalitions in vetting candidates and shaping legislation on policing and discrimination. In 2017 she attended the National Feminist Organizing School in Philadelphia sponsored by Grassroots Global Justice, and in 2019 was selected as one of the official representatives for San Diego at the National Women’s March in Washington, D.C.

Buki began her career as a singer/songwriter who worked with artists such as Elton John and Whitney Houston. She now works full time as a healthcare professional while also volunteering with the Indigenous Health Care Support group. In addition to all that she does, Buki created, and continues to run, the KNSJ Radio show “Alafia: Voices of the African Diaspora” which focuses on the struggles that communities of color are immersed in and the organizations and individuals that support those communities

Tazheen Nizam is the Executive Director of CAIR – San Diego. Tazheen has deep roots in the San Diego Muslim American Muslim community and has worked extensively with the interfaith community, and has been an active voice in San Diego politics. She is the Founder & Co-Chair of the North County Immigration Task Force, where she has advocated for immigrants’ rights. She serves as Community Development Block Grant Commissioner for the City of Vista. She also serves on multiple non-profit boards, including the San Dieguito Interfaith Ministerial Association, South Vista Communities, the Tri-City Islamic Center, and others. Prior to joining CAIR-SD , Tazheen worked as a finance consultant and accounting professional for over 20 years.

Tazheen is an alumnus of the Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute (BCLI) and the Rockwood Fellowship Institute. Tazheen holds a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting and an M.B.A. with an emphasis in Organization Management & Finance. She also holds certifications in Non-Profit Management, Paralegal Studies, and Mediation

Don’t forget to reserve your room at the hotel (the details are below), and we can’t wait to see you at the conference closing Alex Odeh Memorial Gala on October 8!

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October 7 – October 8, 2022


Delta Hotels Anaheim Garden Grove

12021 Harbor Boulevard Garden Grove, California 92840

Click here to reserve your hotel room at a discounted rate

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