Lecturer in Arabic
Degrees: M.A., Kent State University
Sawssan Khoury is a native of Syria, where she attained her Bachelor of Arts in French Literature at the University of Damascus. She immigrated to the United States with her husband who was pursuing his medical training in Cleveland, Ohio. There, she received her Master of Arts in French Literature from Kent State University, minoring in Arabic, French and English translation. She has regularly tutored secondary and tertiary students in the Arabic language, and taught at Solon Montessori School for 17 years.
She is also active in the Arab community in Cleveland and Washington, DC. She has organized several cultural functions, hosting reputable artists including the poets Nizar Qabbani and Mahmoud Darwish.
Sawssan Khoury served on the management board of Access for five years, a local civil society organization which helps Arab-Americans attain economic and social assistance, including the teaching of English as a second language. Since 2008 she has been on the management board of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee, the largest grassroots Arab-American organization in the country, whose core objective is the defense of civil rights and liberties.