As an Arab American who works in public policy and backs civic efforts, Ghida Dagher pays attention to the issues affecting her community as well as Metro Detroit.

Recently, the 26-year-old from Dearborn Heights has noted a host of incidents in the media and elsewhere — including concerns about immigrants from the Middle East and a flier asking voters not to support Muslims on the Hamtramck City Council.

That's partly why she decided to attend the Arab American Summit in Dearborn this weekend. Themed "From Marginalized to Organized" and convened by the National Network for Arab American Communities, the symposium aims to address such issues and strategies to surmount them.

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