Arab American Community Liaison
Henry Ford College is an 80-year member of the highest-proportion Arab American community in the nation: Dearborn, Michigan. The cultural, ethnic, and economic diversity of our community is part of what makes Henry Ford a first-choice, best-choice college for thousands of students each year.
As an expression of the importance of our partnerships, relationships, and activities within the Arab American community, HFC created a new position: Arab American Community Liaison. Learn more about the goals for this role, and about current liaison Sam Bazzi, below.
For events relating to the Arab American community, please visit hfcc.edu/events.
The Arab American National Museum, Dearborn
- The ACCESS “Helping Hands” program is designed to give individuals the opportunity to be a part of all aspects of ACCESS’ work at the community and administrative levels.
- Zaman International is a non-profit organization committed to addressing the basic needs and empowerment of marginalized women and children locally and internationally.
- At the Arab American National Museum volunteers play an integral role in daily operations of the museum and contribute significantly to the Museum’s success.
- LAHC- Leaders Advancing and Helping Communities is a non-profit human services organization, committed to the development of the Community, in all aspects of its economic and cultural life.
Students are encouraged to consider applying for the following scholarship opportunities. Eligibility and details are provided on the linked websites.
- Leaders Advancing and Helping Communities Scholarship Program. LAHC is a leading advocate of higher education and one of the largest Scholarship assistance programs in the area.
- The Rotary Club of Dearborn Scholarship. Dearborn Rotary annually offers 25 scholarship awards generated from 6 different scholarships.
- Dearborn Education Foundation Scholarship. Scholarship prospects are for graduating students from the Collegiate Academy and all three high schools – including Dearborn High, Edsel Ford and Fordson High.
Purpose and Activities of the Liaison
The purpose of the newly-created position is to promote the mission of HFC within the Arab American community, continue to build and nurture personal relationships, and facilitate a productive dialogue regarding educational issues, policies, projects, and events with various Arab American institutes and the Dearborn Public Schools. The liaison is tasked with developing and maintaining positive channels of communication between HFC and major Arab American institutes in the College’s service area.
Sam Bazzi, current Liaison
Sam Bazzi is a mathematics instructor at HFC. A native of Lebanon, Bazzi earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in mathematics from the Lebanese University in Beirut and Wayne State University in Detroit, respectively. He taught in the Detroit Public Schools and as an adjunct at Wayne State, Oakland Community College and Owens Community College in Toledo.
Additionally, Bazzi taught at the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) before coming to HFC in 2001. In late 2014, he took a leave of absence from HFC to work for the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Aramco), one of the largest oil-producing companies in the world. He returned to HFC in early 2016.