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The latest news and commentary about what’s happening at AAACF and around Washtenaw County. This year, we are actively updating our website blog with stories from staff members every two weeks. Topics will be wide-ranging and will reflect the diverse perspectives and roles of staff members!



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Amina Iqbal
Amina Iqbal
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By Amina Iqbal / May 11, 2022
Many of us are trying to return to pre-pandemic normalcy. But for some this is nothing short of a monumental task, as COVID not only upended “normal” but also amplified challenges. There are many who lost jobs during the pandemic and are struggling to find a new one. Some who did not have easy access to virtual schooling are at serious risk of being left behind. Access to food is still a problem in food deserts, especially for those without a car or access to public transport. Rent prices have gone through the roof and many are struggling to keep up with their mortgage payments.

By Amina Iqbal / October 14, 2020
For my second interview with AAACF, I was given a scenario: If the foundation was provided with a $1Million gift from a supporter of racial and social justice, what were some of the initiatives I would propose to uplift young Black males in Washtenaw County (WC)? On my first day at AAACF, I asked my supervisor, Jillian Rosen, if the scenario sent to me was hypothetical or real. She said it was not only real, but in fact I’d be managing this very fund. I was excited and motivated! In my previous professional role as the ED of a Detroit based nonprofit, I saw firsthand the many layers of inequities and disparities that exist in the city, including the trauma and challenges families face on a daily basis due to systemic and structural racism.

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