Date of Graduation

Summer 8-5-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Migration Studies


College of Arts and Sciences


Migration Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Lindsay Gifford


This research is focused on identifying the best practices and methods used by community service providers who serve Arab immigrant women, a heavily marginalized and isolated demographic. Specifically, this research seeks to answer, what are the best practices for community engagement, leadership, and empowerment in the lives of Arab migrant women in San Francisco? I examine the elements of community empowerment, engagement, leadership, and methods of providing services from the Asian Women’s Shelter, the Chinatown Community Development Center, and the Arab Resource and Organizing Center. The methods used were personal interviews with key leaders of these organizations. The Arab Resource and Organizing Center is an important element in my research because of its uniqueness in providing its services with a political framework along with a cultural familiarity and relevance in a bureaucratic immigration and social services system. This will be an applied project on the Arab Resource and Organizing Center and I will be providing policy recommendations for the organization.