The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) will be honoring Gibran Chair Director May Rihani on September 23, 2017, at the 37th Annual Convention. Ms. Rihani will be presented with the 2017 ADC "Hala Salaam Maksoud Leadership" Award. The ADC is a civil rights organization committed to defending the rights of people of Arab descent, promoting their rich cultural heritage, and supports the human and civil rights of all people and opposes racism and bigotry in any form. It was founded by former U.S. Senator James Abourezk in 1980 and is presently the largest Arab American grassroots organization in the U.S.
This award is named after Dr. Hala Salaam Maksoud, former ADC president, and nationally recognized civil and human rights advocate, and is presented annually to a community leader who has exhibited great leadership, strength and compassion toward the concerns of the community and the mission of ADC.
Ms. Rihani was also awarded the ADC Women’s Empowerment Forum Leadership Award in March of 2015.
About Ms. May Rihani:
May Rihani has for the past 30 years served as Senior Vice President at the Academy for Educational Development (AED), FHI360, and Creative Associates International. She also served as Vice President at TransCentury. In these organizations, Ms. Rihani was responsible for ensuring the planning and implementation of educational projects as well as the integration of gender perspectives in these programs. She designed, planned, and managed numerous cross-cutting gender programs and girls' education projects in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.  Due to her global experience in gender, Ms. Rihani was elected as the Co-Chair of the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative, (UNGEI), from 2008 to 2010.
Ms. Rihani’s extensive work in girls’ education includes research, policy assessments, innovative program designs, training, systems analysis, and management of country programs.  She presented lessons learned, best practices, and strategies on girls’ education at a large number of international conferences and symposia that addressed education for all.  Ms. Rihani is also an international leading voice on the relationship between girls’ education and health nutrition, reproductive health, and economic productivity.  In addition, Ms. Rihani implemented innovative strategies that recognize the intersection of environment, gender, and education.  
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