SWANA is an acronym for the Southwest Asian & North Afrikan region and individuals who identify with the region through domicile, heritage, or otherwise. SWANA typically refers to the region from Morocco to Afghanistan (West to East). The usage of SWANA as a replacement for the “Middle East” is intended to create autonomy over a politicized identity. It is a way to distinguish the region in geographical terms, rather than “political terms” as designated by the West.
SWANA-LA was founded in 2013 by a group of SWANA-identified activists who sought to create a bridge between college campuses and communities; additionally, SWANA-LA serves as an organized base for cross-SWANA community issue-based campaigns. SWANA-DMV will serve as a similar venue and resource for SWANA   identified folks in the DMV area.