Nesima Aberra-2016 Recipient

Nesima Aberra 2016 150x150Major: Media Studies
Degree: M.A.
School: American University

Sponsor: International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT)



Message to Supporters: Since receiving my scholarship, I’ve been doing more work in journalism and research. Here are some highlights:

Published articles in Vox.

Published a study with the Center for Media and Social Impact: Journey to the Academy Awards: A Decade of Race and Gender in Oscar-Shortlisted Documentaries (2008-2017)

I greatly appreciate the opportunity to do this important work in a time when misinformation and fear is dividing our country and I truly believe media and stories can help make a difference. Thank you for your support!

Since graduating from American University with her MA in International Media in 2017, Nesima is now working as an Audience Engagement Editor at the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative newsroom in D.C.

Bio: Nesima Aberra is pursuing her master’s at American University. She is interested in strategic communication, storytelling, digital media and advocacy. She completed her undergraduate degrees in journalism and global studies at Arizona State University, where she balanced writing for various publications and working with nonprofits in the fields of human rights, economic empowerment, women’s empowerment and refugee resettlement. After graduating, she was a fellow in the New Sector Alliance program in San Francisco, working for two years at a social enterprise to build up their marketing, communications and fundraising capacity.  At her core, Nesima is a creative writer and believes strongly in diversity in media and the arts. She is a member of The Sanctuaries DC, a featured artist in the Home Away from Home Project, a board member of the Muslim Writers Collective, and alumna of the Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation writers’ workshop.  Her goal is to merge her interests in social justice and storytelling by creating quality media that empowers, educates, and entertains.

Areas of Interest: 
Digital Media, Creative Writing, Community Engagement

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