|The Arab Student Union at the University of Michigan-Dearborn has been an active organization for years now.|
I think theory serves as a reflection the culture of this community. I am often interviewed by reporters from elsewhere who say that Arab Americans in New York, or some other place, are intimidated and afraid to speak out. I always tell them that this is not the case in Michigan. People are registered to vote and are unafraid to express their views. They march, they demonstrate, they criticize government policy, and UM-D has served as a training ground for those students. Over the years, several Arab-Americans have served as student government president, or on the student senate. UM-D has sent many of its Arab American graduates into the public realm.