Dr. Nadine Naber Joins WBEZ’s Reset to Discuss New IRRPP Report on Arab American Communities in Chicagoland
"Beyond Erasure and Profiling" Report Examines Arab American Communities' Simultaneous Hypervisibility and Invisibility
Dr. Nadine Naber, UIC professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Global Asian studies, joined WBEZ’s “Reset with Sasha-Ann Simons” to discuss findings from a UIC Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy (IRRPP) report that examines experiences and racial justice for Chicagoland’s Arab Americans.
The report, titled "Beyond Erasure and Profiling: Cultivating Strong and Vibrant Arab American Communities in Chicagoland," uses demographic research, surveys, focus group data, as well as expert commentaries by organizers and academics to analyze how systemic inequities and anti-Arab/anti-Muslim racism affect the lives of Arab Americans in employment, education, health care, housing, and policing. The report engages with the diversity of experiences among Arab American communities and their common challenge in navigating being at once hypervisible as a result of commonplace stereotypes as well as invisible due to being classified as white by government agencies and due to the general lack of knowledge about Arab Americans in our society.
Read the full report on IRRPP's site: "Beyond Erasure and Profiling: Cultivating Strong and Vibrant Arab American Communities in Chicagoland."
Watch a video of IRRPP's launch event for the report, held at Moraine Valley Community College on 2/13/23, here.