Statement to congratulate Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi on her receipt of AAUP award for Outstanding Faculty Activists

Whereas, Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi has been a tireless advocate for social justice, the core mission of this university; 

Whereas, Dr. Abdulhadi has experienced enormous pressures on her both from external actors as well as the administration at SFSU; 

Whereas, despite this pressure, Dr. Abdulhadi has continued to fight for academic freedom, the rights of Palestinian students and faculties and other marginalized groups; 

Whereas, the AAUP’s Georgina M. Smith award “is given to a person or persons who provided exceptional leadership in a given year in improving the status of academic women or in academic collective bargaining and through that work improved the profession in general”;

Whereas, this prestigious award recognizes exceptional service and commitment both to pedagogy and to politics;

Whereas, to quote from the award itself “Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi exemplifies courage, persistence, political foresight, and concern for human rights, including union organizing, gender and sexual justice, in her scholarship, teaching, public advocacy, and collaboration with a diverse group of academic, labor, and community organizations. Her commitment to global scholarship that builds mutual understanding is evident in the collaborations she has initiated. As a director of the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies Program she brings together scholars, activists, academics, and organizers to create justice-centered knowledge, build broad-based coalitions, and advance the agenda for social change in Palestine, the United States, and internationally. Her leadership transcends the division between scholarship and activism that encumbers traditional university life.”

Therefore be it resolved that the executive board of the CFA-SFSU chapter recognizes and congratulates Dr. Abdulhadi for this significant award and thanks her for her dedication and her ongoing work. 

Link to the announcement:

Link to Professor Abdulhadi’s reflection on the award: