AAYSP is a national organization that seeks to identify and mitigate the socio-cultural barriers preventing Yemeni Americans from attaining the highest forms of academic achievement and professional success, while working to promote the importance of higher education and professional development amongst Yemeni students and professionals.
By fostering community-based initiatives, professional networking and development programs, peer-to-peer mentorship, student advocacy, and academic support within the Yemeni community, AAYSP aims to not only eliminate the barriers to educational and professional success, but to also encourage Yemeni students and professionals in reaching their highest, God-given potentials.
AAYSP was a byproduct of an unexpected meeting between two Yemeni scientists, Hilal Lashuel (Bio: https://lashuel-lab.epfl.ch/page-140696-en-html/) & Nasser Zawia (Bio: https://web.uri.edu/pharmacy/meet/nasser-zawia/), in 2002 who discovered that they both shared a common vision of developing a network of Yemeni scientists to help promote science in Yemen. In 2003, they met with a delegation of Yemeni scientists who were visiting the American National Science Foundation.
There they shared and discussed ideas relating to the promotion of higher education in Yemen and the US, and how scientists in America could help promote that goal. Later, a small group of individuals from both the USA and Yemen continued to work on developing the best mechanism through which to achieve these goals. This founding committee recruited others and decided to nominate individuals to lead the effort of forming an association.
In 2003, the founding committee and the interim board decided to expand this organization beyond scientists and to build an association of Yemeni scientists and professionals. After months of debate and discussion, an association was developed to serve all Yemenis worldwide. AAYSP was registered in the State of Rhode Island and its website was launched in July, 2004.
In July of 2004, the American Association of Yemeni Scientists and Professionals was born.