Major: Social Studies
School: Harvard University
Sponsor: International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT)
Message to Supporters: Since I received my ISF scholarship, I’ve delved deeper into both my academic and activist interests. Academically, I’ve built strong relationships with several faculty members in my area of interest and am currently planning my preliminary research plan for my senior thesis. Outside of classes, I’ve become the Programming Chair for the Phillips Brooks House Association, overseeing our 70+ programs and continuing to fight for social justice causes in Boston and Cambridge. Last semester, I organized with other student activists to support our dining services workers’ historic (and successful!) three-week strike. This term, I’ve launched the Harvard Islamic Society’s Anti-Islamophobia Network, which partners with community groups to educate and work against Islamophobic policies on the local, state, and federal level. I really appreciate the support I’ve received from ISF and IIIT and I’m excited to continue on this trajectory academically, politically, and at the intersection of the two.
Bio: Anwar Omeish is an undergraduate student at Harvard University concentrating in Social Studies with a secondary in Statistics. She is interested in epistemic decolonization and the implications it has for our Islam, as well as in thinking about Islam as a theology of liberation, integrating analyses and methodologies from within the Islamic tradition and critical theories from outside of it. Prior to her matriculation at Harvard, she spent a year studying Islamic theology and jurisprudence in Amman, Jordan. At Harvard, she is on the board of the Harvard Islamic Society, an officer of the Phillips Brooks House Association (the home of service and advocacy at Harvard) and an activist for campus labor rights, Palestinian issues, and the rights of students of color and other minorities on and off campus. She is also a writer and a spoken word poet.
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