As part of its 21st annual Ensure the Legacy event held October 17th, the Arab American Heritage Council (AAHC) honored University of Michigan-Flint Chancellor Susan E. Borrego as its Community Contributor of the Year. The award recognizes a member of the greater Flint community who has made significant contributions toward enhancing the quality of life of the region.
AAHC board member and Thompson Library Director Robert Houbeck presented the award to Borrego. In his remarks, Houbeck said, “Since coming to Flint three years ago, she has made it a priority to welcome the Arab-American community into the life of the University of Michigan. It was her initiative, for example, that brought to our campus the National Arab American Museum’s historic traveling exhibit “Patriots and Peacemakers: Arab Americans in Service to Our County.”
The AAHC was established in 1980, serving the needs of Arab Americans and the greater Flint community. Its areas of focus include:
- • immigration, naturalization, and language services
- • educational workshops and cultural sensitivity trainings
- • sponsorship of arts and cultural programs
- • advocating at local and national levels on issues that affect our community
“I am absolutely humbled to receive this honor from such an important community ally,” said Borrego. “I look forward to continuing to work with the Arab American Heritage Council on our shared goals of improving lives and increasing opportunities.”