2017 Tailwind Scholarship Recipients
We recognize and congratulate these bright young Muslim students.
Passionate about legally empowering Muslims
Name Sherin Nassar
School University College (London)
Major International Development (Economics)
“I am the child of immigrants .This statement is something I have grappled with for years yet now almost ten years later the sentence I am the child of immigrants has come to define my very core existence something I carry proudly in an age of anti-immigrant anti-arab islamophobic rhetoric. Now more than ever I am proud of my parent’s ancestral home the tan the coats my skin the hijab that carries my culture and history and my Arab name.
My parents immigrated to this country twenty five years ago with the hope of attaining the elusive American dream. Unlike some highly skilled immigrants they arrived without professional training my dad had entered the police academy while my mom only finished three years of college before leaving for America. Although our immigrant story is not unlike many’s in that it was difficult marked by financial hardship and a need to assimilate in a post 9/11 age there were the unnatural burdens that makes our story quite remarkable.
Seven years into my parent’s life in the United States they had three children my father was working two jobs and my mother was still trying to learn English. Around this time my youngest brother was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia high risk the doctors said his chance of survival stood at a mere 12 percent. This diagnosis would begin a long 12 year journey that would involve severe rounds of chemotherapy and cause my brother to permanently lose his ability to walk many almost-goodbyes. Due to some miracle we are immensely grateful for he survived, we survived.
I am seeking a Master’s in Development Studies with the School of Oriental and African Studies to gain a deeper understanding of economic development issues and their intersect with international law. Particularly, how does international law currently provide protection for marginalized populations in emerging economies, where many often are at whim of employers. I hope to use this foundation to later pursue my law degree in International Law to provide legal protection for vulnerable populations who often lack the ability to protect themselves, in the same way my parents did. I am extremely passionate about seeing the Muslim community legally empowered to additionally protect ourselves from the injustices of discrimination in America and see this master’s as an important step in that direction.”