Aida Bardissi – 2017 Recipient

Major: International Affairs
Degree: B.A.
School: Boston University
International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT)


Bio: Aida Bardissi is currently completing her final year at Boston University where she studies International Affairs, focusing on the MENA region with a Cultural Anthropology track. During her first year of college, Aida studied abroad in London, where her proficiency in critical languages allowed her to work at a local center for refugees and migrants. Upon returning to her university, Aida began to refocus her studies towards transnational migration patterns and the cultural nuances within her own Muslim community. She has dedicated a large part of her life to the MIST Boston community, where she took the role of Workshop Chair. As Workshop Chair, Aida identified the aspects of her community that needed development, and created workshops that would properly communicate this information to the students. After completing her second year of college, Aida worked as an intern with the DC-based activist group Codepink, where she was responsible for organizing a conference to discuss the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia. Upon returning to Boston, Aida found that her passions led her more to domestic issues revolving around immigration. She pursued an internship as the ACLU’s first Racial Intern, where she created and taught a curriculum for high school students of color to begin to understand the intersections of identity. Aida now interns with Boston University’s Forced Migration and Human Trafficking Initiative, where academic and student-based events are created to address current issues of immigration. She also is a member of Boston University’s newly created Egyptian Student Organization, where she is the Outreach Chair. In addition to being a strong academician, Aida uses her spare time to contribute to the Muslim community through poetry. She has won first and third place in the regional competitions of MIST for her spoken word, and continues to perform at events around the Boston area, particularly for MSAs. She believes that poetry gives her the freedom to express the ways in which politics and diaspora affect her in a way that is accessible to her community.

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