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Feeling Welcomed and Empowered

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Conference Proceeding

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Essraa Nawar unleashes the power of being different and at the same time connected to the rest of the world in a very moving way. We often let stereotypes influence our perspective. It’s the moment we break these walls and embrace each other, sharing words, culture, food, happiness, sadness and all what makes us human beings.

Essraa Nawar has been the Coordinator of Library Development and Marketing and the Chair of the Arts, Exhibits and Events Committee at the Leathery Libraries at Chapman University, California, since 2009. Over the years she has studied, lived and worked in many places, including the Gulf area (Qatar), Washington D.C., where she worked for The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, and Alexandria, Egypt where she worked for Bibliotheca Alexandrina. In 2009, she moved with her husband and family to Orange County, California in 2009.

Essraa is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, the Orange County Register and several other online magazines and blogs. Essraa was also recently appointed to join as a Women Leader in the Internet Marketing Association. She is very passionate about and active in the topics of diversity, cultural and religious intelligence, interfaith dialogue and empowering Muslim Women. She thrives best in diverse environments and believes in the power of humanity.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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