By Aminah Nassiff on June 18, 2020
My name is Aminah Nassiff and I am a rising senior at Barnard College (class of 2021), originally from the Hartford area. I am a History major, concentrating on the theme of Rights, Law, and the State. I am particularly interested in post-colonial history and examining methods and impacts of oppression to better understand power structures today, particularly those between the Middle East and Europe.
I enjoy studying history because it creates a strong analytical grounding for interpreting the world around us, and I plan to translate these skills into more policy and research focused work after completing my education. I also minor in Sociology, where I find myself drawn to the intersection of class, gender, and access to educational opportunities.
I am very excited to be a member of the RepresentWomen team this summer as a nonprofit administration and development intern. As a student at a historically women’s college, I often find myself in spaces where women and gender-expansive people have strong voices and are given important seats in leadership and discussions. This environment is both nurturing and empowering, and I consider myself lucky to spend my college years at an institution that values this kind of representation. I believe representation is vital in all aspects of life, and RepresentWomen proves with research and data every day that more equitable representation in the political arena nets positive benefits for all. I am looking forward to beginning my journey with this organization and promoting these interests.
In my spare time I love to read, especially historical fiction or magical realism and try new vegetarian recipes. Post-quarantine, however, I look forward to spending more time outdoors with friends and family and enjoying local restaurants and cafes.