The Center's Board of Advisors is a group of young professionals who are committed to the mission and vision of the Center.  They serve on a volunteer basis and are an invaluable asset to the Center's success.  

​The Center is always looking for other great candidates to join the Board of Advisors.

ABOUT THE Board of Advisors

Through collaboration with community organizations, corporate partners, the philanthropic community, leading universities, and committed individuals, the Center for Arabic Language and Culture (CALC) is committed to enhancing the teaching of Arabic language and culture in K through 12 schools by providing curriculum resources, offering teacher professional development, and serving as a clearinghouse for cultural activities.


The Center’s Founding Executive Director, Tyler Blackwell, has extensive background in Middle Eastern Studies, Arabic, foreign policy, international relations, and higher education.  Tyler volunteers on the Golden Apple Selection Committee, as well as the Teacher Advisory Council at the Oriental Institute.

He completed his Master of Arts degree
in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic from the University of Chicago and spent several years working on U.S. foreign policy prior to joining CALC.

ABOUT THE Board of Trustees

مركز اللغة والثقافة العربية

Chairman: Alan Mather, Principal of Lindblom Math and Science Academy; One of the founding members of the Board 

Aida Araissi, Founder & CEO of the Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce

Treasurer: Dr. Fred Donner, Professor and Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago; One of the founding members of the Board 

Lalainya Goldsberry, Arabic teacher at Lindblom Math and Science Academy; One of the founding members of the Board  

Dr. Wafa Hassan, Professor at Western Michigan University; One of the founding members of the Board 

Secretary: Tyler Blackwell, ex-officio member of the Board as the Executive Director